Vincent Paris started off as a boy with an insatiable hunger for winemaking. As a kid growing up in the Rhone, he loved walking the vineyards as a kid, getting lost in the rows and seeing the vines change along with the seasons. He decided early, that’s all he wanted to do. Make wine.
Lucky for Paris, his uncle is Robert Michel, a legendary Cornas producer who gets to work daily on the famous ‘Genale’ Vineyard. After studying for a few vintages under his uncle, Vincent learned the tricks of the trade and was ready to cut loose and start his own gig. It didn’t take long before “Robert’s nephew” turned into Vincent Paris, the young winemaking star. Parker’s Wine Advocate emphatically declared, “They’re some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon!” That would be all he needed.
Paris purchased eight hectares of land from his grandfather (most vines of 100+ years in age) and went to work making Syrah, most of it Cornas. As we know with Cornas, those can be pricey. But where Paris is a magician is with his ‘Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes’ a super expressive and silky Syrah made exclusively from young Crozes Hermitage vines. And his reason for making this wine is hilarious.
With so many of his Cornas instantly sold out immediately upon release, Paris was worried he wouldn’t be able to attract any new customers. That’s where his younger wines came in. He decided he could showcase a different style of Syrah that could be enjoyed right away and also bring in some new fans in the process.
Eric Asimov, New York Times Wine
People often think of Northern Rhône reds, made of the syrah grape, as wines for cold weather. But I crave them year-round. It’s not a bad idea, though, to look for a lighter weight, easygoing syrah for the summer like this bottle from the négociant arm of Vincent Paris, a very good Cornas producer. The Collines Rhodaniennes is an appellation for the greater Northern Rhône area, often used for grapes that weren’t grown in areas of higher status. The wines lack the distinctive qualities and structure of those appellations. What remains? Merely the savory deliciousness of Northern Rhône syrah, which is a beautiful thing with burgers or grilled lamb chops.