2015 Eric & Joël Durand "Premice" Cornas

SKU #1337140 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cornas Premices comes from a mix of granite terroirs and was mostly destemmed (75%) and aged in 20% new barrels. It offers an incredibly rich, opulent style in its plum, blackberry liqueur, lavender and peppery herb aromas and flavors. Thick, unctuous, and incredibly broad and expansive on the palate, with sweet tannin, it's the largest production cuvée from this estate and is going to be an incredible value! Don't miss it. One of my favorite Cornas estate is that of brothers Eric and Joël Durand, who took over the running of this family estate in 1991. The winemaking is a mix of modern and traditional, with some destemming when needed, fermentations occurring in tank and concrete, and aging mostly in used barrels, with just a tiny amount being new. Their 2015s are certainly on par with what was produced in 2009 and 2010, and these are terrific, character filled wines I’d be happy to have in my cellar.  (1/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A warm, ripe, fleshy style, with layers of fig paste, raspberry pâte de fruit and blackberry confiture tumbling over each other. A racy and well-buried graphite spine keeps this honest, with mouthwatering anise and sweet tapenade details lining the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 1,500 cases made. (JM)  (10/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cornas Premices (from young vines) offers authentic Cornas notes like blood, red plums and crushed stone, plus some firm tannins on the finish. This will need a couple of years of cellaring, but don’t put it away too long, as it lacks the richness and concentration of the top cuvées. (JC)  (12/2017)

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