Young winemaker Guillaume Gilles, a native of Cornas, comes from a long line of vinous people and succeeded Robert Michel. His Cornas is old-school and traditional. Old-vines fruit is whole-cluster fermented and aged for 18 months in large neutral oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. A brawny wine, weighing in at 14% alcohol, it remains fresh. A nose of roses and dark cherry fruit leads to a weighty, dry palate of dark cherry and pepper, opening out to salinity and bacon fat as the wine opens up.
Pairing: Slow-roasted pork shoulder, Lamb and green peas
REGION: Cornas, Rhone Valley, FRANCE