2012 Vincent Paris "Granit 60 Vieilles Vignes" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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 effort should be given 4-5 years of bottle age and consumed over the following 10-15 years. An up and coming superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). With regards to the Granit 30 and Granit 60, the number refers to the slope of the hill where the vines are planted, not the age of the vines. While 2011 and 2012 produced a bevy of more forward, moderately concentrated wines, both of these 2011s and 2012s buck that trend and offer serious depth and richness. They’re some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon! (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Pungent aromas of dark berries, anise, dried rose and succulent herbs. Smoky and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering pliant cherry-cola and blueberry flavors accented by cracked pepper. Shows impressive power on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves notes of licorice and violet behind.
Intense and pure ripe but fresh fruit aroma. Just picked and just ripe blackcurrant and black cherry. Oak in the background to the fruit. Then on the palate, more savoury, oak more evident, firm, thick but smoothed tannins. So much pleasure already and so much more to come. 17.5+/20 points. Drink 2017-2025.