Vincent Paris

"Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star is "retro". Vincent's uncle is Robert Michel, one of Cornas' finest growers. He made his two first wines with his uncle then, seeking autonomy, rented facilities for the vinification of his most recent wines. He is in the process of building his own winemaking facilities with a courtyard that holds his apricot plantation.

Vincent Paris, co-president of the appellation of Cornas with Jacques Lemencier, owns 6 hectares of vineyards and produces about 2,500cs per year of which 1,600cs are Cornas. He inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented 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.

He 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. He ferments at relatively low temperatures and matures his wine in oak barrels for up to 12 months.

Four years ago he planted Viognier and Roussanne in AOC Cornas, on north-facing slopes he considers better suited for white than reds, despite the fact that in so doing he must sell the wine as Côtes du Rhône since there is no AC Cornas for white. The cuvée is 2/3 viognier and 1/3 Roussanne. 20% of the cuvée is vinified in new barrels, the rest in tank.

The Cornas Granit 30 and 60 designations refer to the soil, the approximate age of the vines, and the slope on which they are planted. The Granit 30 is concentrated black fruit in a relatively "consumer friendly"style – perhaps a bit more Syrah-ish than Cornas-ish, whereas the 60 is classic Cornas – dense, aromas of kidney and iron, with a terrific mineral underpinning. His St Joseph red is made from 10 and 20 year old vines, and is vinfied 2/3 in barrel and 1/3 in tank."

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Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30' 2016
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "(about 20% whole clusters and no new oak) Brilliant violet. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals, and a peppery overtone lends spicy lift. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that
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Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30' 2015
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Starting with his younger vine cuvée, the 2015 Cornas Granit 30 (1,500 cases) comes from the Patou and Saint Pierre lieux-dits and will see roughly 15 months in barrel. It’s a deep, sexy, fruit-loaded beauty that has a saturated purple color, awesome notes of blackberries,

Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30' 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Inky ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry compote, cassis, licorice and smoky herbs gain vivacity from a peppery overtone. Sappy and precise, showing strong mineral lift and energy to the sappy dark berry and licorice flavors. Closes smoky and very long, with a whiplash of juicy

Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30' 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Vinous Media 90-91 "Bright violet color. Fresh red and dark berries and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky and broad in the mouth, with sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors buffered by zesty acidity and a hint of white pepper. Closes silky, stony and very long, with hints

Vincent Paris St. Joseph 'Les Cotes' 2012
92  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 92 "Bright purple. Vibrant dark fruits on the nose, with hints of Asian spices and a floral element adding complexity. Deep and sweet but lively and precise as well, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of licorice. Silky tannins build on

Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 60' 2012
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-97 "Similarly styled, yet slightly richer and more tannic, the 2012 Cornas Granit 60 has incredible notes of black raspberry, powdered rock, graphite, licorice and liquid violets. Also full-bodied, with superb concentration and depth, as well as a firm tannic spine, this gorgeous

Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30' 2012
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-95 "Looking first at the 2012s, the Cornas Granit 30 offers a gorgeous bouquet of spring flowers, liquid rock and assorted black and blue fruits in its stylish, perfumed and elegant style. Full-bodied, rich and still youthfully grapy, this pure, balanced and classically styled

Vincent Paris Cornas Granit '60' 2011
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95-97 " The 2011 Cornas Granite 60 Vieilles Vignes offers an explosive nose of spring flowers, blackberries, blueberry liqueur, camphor and charcoal. It is a full-bodied, intensely concentrated wine that represents the essence of Cornas. The tannins are sweet, the acidity present but

Vincent Paris Cornas Granit '30' 2011
95  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93-95 "The fabulous 2011 Cornas Granite 30 is one of the great wines of the vintage. Elegant, with a black/blue color, sweet tannin and loads of spring flowers, crushed rocks, smoked game and blackberry fruit, this textured, loaded, supple, accessible 2011 should drink nicely for 15

Vincent Paris '30' Cornas Granit 2006
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90"The deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 Cornas Granite 30 reveals a beautifully sweet nose of wild blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor, underbrush, pepper, figs, and spice. This complex, full-bodied Cornas can be drunk now or cellared for a decade or more."