Delas Frères Cornas ‘Chante-Perdrix’
December 20, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the 2016s from bottle, the saturated purple-colored 2016 Cornas Chante Perdrix offers a searing bouquet of white pepper, black and blue fruits, violets, and hints of bacon fat in its medium-bodied, concentrated, yet elegant style. With terrific purity and supple tannins, it's going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and is ideal for drinking through 2026.”
October 3, 2018, James Molesworth
“This lets a core of warm plum sauce, dark loganberry and singed anise flavors ooze out, while violet, white pepper, bay leaf and dark olive notes provide the frame. A mouthwatering mineral edge weaves throughout. Best from 2020 through 2035.”
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“Super-peppery Cornas with ample, ripe, black cherries and berries, delivered in a cloak of white and black pepper, as well as dark, toasted spices. Super-tight and defined tannins here. Long and juicy. Barrel sample.”
June 2018, Josh Raynolds
“(Made from fruit grown in the La Côte, Reynard and Saint-Pierre lieux-dits) Lurid violet. Deep-pitched cassis, blueberry, candied licorice and violet scents are complicated by olive and licorice nuances. Broad and seamless in the mouth, offering concentrated black and blue fruit, allspice and floral pastille flavors and a smoky Indian spice flourish. Becomes sweeter and more energetic with air and finishes impressively long and spicy, featuring slow-building tannins and lingering florality.”
The vineyard lies entirely on the commune of Cornas located on the right Rhône river bank. The Cornas wines have been invariably famous since the 10th century. They were served to kings, both in France and elsewhere. AOC status and improved quality have enabled the vineyard to regain its reputation.
All the grapes used in the “Chante-Perdrix” cuvée are picked by hand, plot by plot, at the time they reach their optimal maturity. The winemaking takes place in traditional, opentopped concrete tanks, after 3 days pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures. The fermentation continues under computer controlled temperatures between 82°F to 86°F (28°C to 30°C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days. The total vatting time can be up to 20 days.
The colour is an intense garnet red. In its youth, this wine has strong blackcurrant aromas. With time, the fruit aromas gradually fade, giving the way to hints of pepper and liquorice. The palate is structured and has the strongly-defined flavours that are typical from this “terroir.”
Pair this wine with mixed grills such as wild mushrooms and spicy stews made with game. This wine needs at least three years of cellaring before it can open up its complexity. If kept for longer, the wine should be decanted before serving.
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Suggested Retail Price: $54.99