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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 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.

His old-vines bottling comes from some of the gnarliest 80-year old vines you could ever lay your eyes on. That’s where the magic happens. It’s an incredible bottling that rivals elite Cote Rotie, and does so for a whole lot less. It’s full-bodied, with layers upon layers to peel back, and it only gets better with every second it sits in the glass. It’s a baby that I would think has another 15-20 years ahead of it, easily.

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97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The older vine cuvée, the 2020 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is 100% Syrah. It’s similarly inky hued and offers up full-bodied aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, graphite, bouquet garni, and iron. It’s deep, concentrated, and powerful on the palate, with flawless balance, building yet silky tannins, and a great, great finish.

95 Points, Wine Spectator
Concentrated and polished, with good energy, this hefty red features a core of sweet black cherry, singed tobacco, wood spice and mulled plum, all wrapped around a spine of iron. Reveals incense and violet notes, and though the tannins aren’t too grippy, this still needs time for its tightly wound layers to unfurl. Best from 2025 through 2035.

95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Voge’s 2020 Cornas Vieilles Vignes was reassuringly excellent, with gently lifted, floral scents of violets, cassis and crushed stone. Full-bodied, deep and powerful, concentrated and rich but still almost painfully unformed, this needs time in the cellar. It’s a blend of several parcels, aged in barrel but with just 15% or so new oak.

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