Tasting Notes: Herbs, Black/Blue Fruits, Oak, Exotic Spices
The domaine rose to prominence when Alain Voge joined his father’s small holding in the late 1950s, moving it from polyculture to focusing exclusively on wine. Alain rapidly became the Cornas appellation’s greatest advocate: he championed its reputation internationally as well as at home and, until his death in 2020, was regarded as the godfather of this portion of the Rhône. Today, the domaine spans more than 12 hectares: eight in Cornas and four in St Péray.
The Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is focussed, well structured, full-bodied, power-packed, yet elegant and seamless on the palate with tart acidity and well-knit tannins. It spends 20 months in barriques, around 20% new. the 2017 includes the fruit that normally goes into the higher tier les Vieilles Fontaines. The palate exudes rosemary, thyme, clove, herbal bitters, blackberry, blackcurrant, black plum, cedary oak and iron flavors. It has a long, subtly spiced finish. Will do well with lamb or herb encrusted pork loin.
#46 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020
Organic certification for the vines and wine from the 2016 vintage and biodynamic methods used.