Vincent Paris is a small producer in Cornas that only makes about 2,500 cases a year from his 8 hectares of vineyards. Vincent started making wine with his legendary uncle, Robert Michel, from which he purchased his famed Le Geynale vineyard. Vincent worked for his uncle for two years before setting off on his own with his first solo vintage in 1997.
Most of Vincent's vines were inherited by his grandfather and have significant age with portions upwards of 100 years old. A dedicated farmer and hands-off winemaker, Vincent leaves most to nature, ensuring the land and the vital surrounding ecosystems stay protected by practicing organic viticulture. Vincent is also a big believer in limited yields and only allows four bunches of berries to grow on each vine, with most producers letting up to 7 or more to grow. This eliminates the need for green harvesting and provides excellent concentration, allowing the vines to put all their energy into four concentrated bunches.
Classic and age-worthy, Vincent has proven that he belongs among the greats of Cornas; we've even had a few older vintages from his early days that were incredible.
The Granit 60 Comes from old vines grown on a 60-degree slope and is the second-best wine Vincent makes, just behind the Le Geynale bottling, which goes for about twice the price. Hand-harvested, with 33% whole cluster used, the grapes see a very low and slow fermentation in 2/3 older barrels and 1/3 tank. 2020 is an excellent effort from Vincent Paris and is one of the best buys for Cornas, showing more refinement, structure, and classicism than many of his compatriots in this vintage. The Granit 60 is not a bottle of Cornas to miss in 2020.
Decanter (Matt Walls) 95 points! "There are herbal depths here, but they're currently filled by the intense, powerful berry fruits. Medium- to full-bodied, this has good concentration and intensity of fruit, coupled with powerful but very ripe tannin. There's good energy here, the wine is upright and not as soft and easy-going as some other Cornas this year. Great vitality and salinity, this is well-balanced, fresh and classically Cornas. A satisfying and energising wine with a long finish. 50-year-old vines on very steep slopes, 70% destemmed. No pigeage, natural yeasts, then spending 16 months in two to eight-year-old barrels. Drinking Window: 2023-2035. (Sep 2021)"