Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas "Granit 30" 2018
According to Vinous (93 Points) The Granit 30 2018 "is [a] deep, bright-rimmed magenta...energetic on the fragrant nose, displaying intense black/blue fruit and floral scents that pick up olive and cracked pepper notes as the wine stretches out. In a juicy, fruit-driven style, offering appealingly sweet cherry, blueberry flavors, suggestions of spice cake, licorice and cola. Finishes very long and smooth, with just a hint of fine-grained tannins and resonating spiciness".
The Granit 30 moniker refers to both the gradient slope of the vineyard as well as the average age of the vines. Vincent uses organic practices though the vineyards are not certified. (this is fairly common among prestigious growers.) The Southeast-facing slope and granitic soils have an elevation of 300 meters. Vincent prunes to only four bunches of grapes per vine (the norm is between five and seven) which concentrates the vines' growing power and cuts down on the need for green harvests.
After harvest, fermentation occurs at low temps, with 2/3 grapes vinified in barrel and 1/3 in tank. Aging occurs in oak barrels for up to 12 months. He produces roughly 1,000 cases produced each vintage.
The Vicent Paris Cornas "Granit 30" 2018 can be enjoyed in the near term but it is concentrated enough to be cellared for 10+ years.
Vincent Paris, co-president of the appellation of Cornas with Jacques Lemencier, owns 6 hectares of vineyards and produces about 2,500 cases of wine per year of which roughly 1,000 are Cornas. He inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and he also rents some vines from his uncle. Vincent's total rented and owned holdings amount to 8 hectares. They are located at different places primarily along the southeast facing Cornas slope and a small lot in St. Joseph.