Domaine Alain Voge - Cornas - Les Vieilles Vignes - 2018 - 750 ml
WHAT THE WINEMAKERS AND CRITICS ARE SAYING
“This is our classic wine. The oldest of the Domain’s wines, it was created during the 1970s to highlight the long-standing family vineyard. Vines for this wine are located in the heart of the appellation, facing those we first replanted. Les Vieilles Vignes is a wine that reflects our history and our winemaking know-how.” Domaine Alain Voge
"Moving to the 2018 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes, this beauty is cut from the same cloth as the Les Chailles yet is deeper and richer, with another level of concentration. Black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets, smoked game, and loads of spring flower notes define the bouquet, and it has a vibrant, almost old school vibe that carries plenty of power yet still stays light and elegant on the palate. This beautiful, singular wine is open and enjoyable today, yet I wouldn't be surprised to see it close down with a year or two of bottle age. It should see its 20th birthday in fine form." 98/100, Jeb Dunnuck
This discrete domain of 13 hectares is well known among Syrah fans, and this has been the case for a long time, since Alain Voge was a pioneer of the Cornas appellation. He replanted several abandoned Syrah plots (for reds), bringing out the best of an old vineyard located on steep, pebbly slopes. In his capable hands, these grands crus of the northern Rhône were reborn…
The domain which, like many in the region, practices polyculture, has been established in Cornas for several generations. It was in 1958 that Alain Voge joined his father on the family smallholding and decided quickly to abandon polyculture to focus on wine. This was an audacious gamble since, despite their old age, the Cornas and Saint-Péray appellations were ‘sleeping beauties’ at the time.
Alain Voge went on to disrupt the tradition by replanting on slopes that had been abandoned for almost 30 years and developing direct bottle sales. Supported by his wife Eliane, he set out on a mission to spread the word about his wines on a regional and national level. Due to the quality of his products and this innovative approach, he quickly built up his domain’s reputation. He spent some time under Albéric Mazoyer, manager and associate of Alain Voge from 2004-2018, before progressing further and making a start in organic production. Thus, since 2013, the whole vineyard is run using biodynamic agriculture, where an artisan and entirely manual viticulture is practiced on the slopes of the Rhône’s rive droite.
Grape varieties: 100% Syrah
Colour: Red Wine
Maturing: Maturation in 228-litre barrels for 20 months, with 15 to 20% new barrels.
Vinification: Organic certification for the vines and wine from the 2016 vintage and biodynamic methods used.