An annual favorite running almost a decade for us now, Alain Verset continues to be one of the most under valued producers in this famous appellation. Inheriting his single hectare plot from his uncle Noel Verset, Alain produces a mere 500 cases each year. Alain's daughter Emmanuelle took over in 2016 and has continued to make fantastic wines. The label has changed to accept the inclusion of Emmanuelle and is now Domaine Verset A&E. While These don't quite get to Alain's legendary uncle's level, they are one of the few in the appellation that still has entirely classic character and are traditionally made wines that are fun to bury in the cellar. 2019 is a very approachable vintage for Cornas, and while some producers had trouble adapting to this atypical vintage, the top address made exceptional wines that are still very Cornas at heart. Decanter named this Cuvee one of the vintage's top buys, and we have one of the first shots of this new release at incredible pricing.
Decanter 93 points (Blind Tasted by Matt Walls)! "Very lively and fresh, a touch balsamic, it leaps out of the glass at this stage. Woody herbs and a char in the background. Medium-bodied, fresh and drinkable style. All very ripe and approachable, with gently serrated, ripe tannins. For early drinking. Lieux-dits Mazard, Champelrose, La Côte and Les Côtes. Whole bunch fermented, matured in barriques and demi-muids from three-year-old to eight-year-old barrels."