50% new oak. Freshly cracked black pepper. Ripe, juicy black fruit. Firm tannin yet there is delicacy and accessibility to the structure. Long, fragrant violet scent on the palate – expressive and eloquent. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2029
Robert Parker 93-95
“The 2016 Cornas les Eygats is aging in 50% new oak and will likely be bottled in March 2018. It’s inky in hue, with enthralling notes of crushed stone and ripe plums on the nose. It’s full-bodied, rich and velvety on the palate yet also fresh, bright and lively. This won’t need much cellaring to round into form; drink from 2020.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Brilliant magenta. Powerful, mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry preserve, violet and olive aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Palate-staining dark berry, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors pick up notes of candied flowers, vanilla and smoky minerals on the back half. Powerful but surprisingly lithe in style, finishing extremely long, with sharp delineation and gently gripping tannins that emerge slowly.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2034