2018 alain voge, cornas, les chailles
Why We're Buying
Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles provides an affordable gateway into investment-grade Rhône wines. The syrah captures the essence of Cornas and Saint-Péray, with the fertile soils contributing notes of black fruits, wild herbs, and peppered meats.
Bright purple. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers pick up a floral nuance as the wine opens up. Plush cassis and blackberry flavors are braced by a spine of juicy acidity, and a cracked pepper flourish adds spicy cut to the back half. Becomes sweeter with air and features a hint of cola on the long, smoky finish, which features harmonious tannins and lingering florality.
Moving to the two Cornas I was able to taste from this report, the 2018 Cornas Les Chailles comes from a mix of lieux-dits, including Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes. It was all destemmed and brought up in used barrels. Offering gorgeous notes of black raspberries, cassis, spring flowers, game, lavender, and pepper, this is pure Cornas goodness on both the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with bright acidity, this complex, layered, beautifully balanced Cornas can be enjoyed any time over the coming 15-20 years. Count me impressed.
Very racy, focused version with a bright violet note leading the way for damson plum and red cherry coulis notes. Light white pepper and chalk hints emerge on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2033.