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Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020


Alain Voge was referred to by his peers as “truly remarkable” and “the ultimate pioneer.” He was known for leading the way not only in Cornas but also for his St-Peray wines as well. It’s hard enough to be a star in one region, let alone another that’s completely different. Tragically, he passed away a few years ago.

One of the ‘grandfathers of Syrah,’ Voge had an illustrious wine career during his 81-year life. He somehow managed to greatly expand the already stellar reputation of his grandfather (same name) who founded the winery all those years ago.

I had a chance to taste some of the recent Alain Voge selections, which were unfortunately the last ever made by the iconic winemaker.

It’s amazing how powerful the wines are. It’s even more amazing how perfectly chiseled and representative they are to their unique Northern Rhone terroir.

The ‘Les Chailles’ is no slouch of its own, though, and has to be the very best bargain going in Cornas at the moment. The wine is gorgeous – super juicy and sappy, but still incredibly fresh and in no way overly ripe. It also has layers to unpack – a calling card of the late, great master of Syrah – with a little bit of spice and smokiness that comes in at the end as a result of some of the whole cluster maceration. What a beauty!

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94 Points, Wine Spectator
Dark and alluring yet also pretty, with expressive violet, dried lavender and blackberry paste built atop an underlying freshness. Concentrated on the palate, with balsamic, black pepper and subtle iodine building on the meaty, plump character. A beam of iron and firming tannins dry out the finish, though this is drinking great now. Drink now through 2032.

94 Points, James Suckling
Deep, brilliant ruby. Vibrant, smoke-accented dark berries, candied flowers, licorice and olive are showcased on the perfumed nose. Sappy, penetrating and chewy in the mouth, offering gently sweet blackberry, cherry-cola and baking spice flavors that show sharp definition and mineral lift. Expressive and lively in style, with polished tannins building steadily on a very long, floral-accented finish. Roughly 20% whole clusters.

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