Cornas 2018 | Domaine J.Denuziere
Along the Rhône, a calm and powerful river, the contours of the prestigious "Crus Septentrionaux" of the Côtes du Rhône have been drawn over the centuries. All derived from the names of communes, the resulting denominations have in common steep slopes, arduous viticulture on vertiginous slopes, and islands of circumscribed terroirs. Only Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier are grown here: aromatic and demanding grape varieties originally planted "where the vines see the Rhône" and where often only human labor on foot is possible. Over the years, stone by stone, the granite walls have consolidated the terraces (or "chaillées") on which the vines have flourished. The dry stones, support of a great biodiversity that we strive to conserve within our different plots, also delimit the contours of these carefully worked terroirs in each Cru: "Sauman" in Cornas, "Le Tinal" in Condrieu, "Saint Claude" to San Jose...100% Syrah
The harvest date is carefully chosen plot by plot. The harvest is completely manual, and enters the cellar separated by plots. The work of the grape is carried out in a natural and gentle way, always guided by the tasting. The red wines are made from the entire harvest, vatted by location and then picked at the foot, and gently worked for 2 to 3 weeks, until the extraction of tannins and color is considered optimal. After racking, fine lees are kept for several months, sometimes in barrels, depending on the potential of each cuvée.