2015 Guy Farge "Harmonie" Cornas

SKU #1356196 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cornas Harmonie is a terrific value, as well as a smoking good wine - I’d even wager the finest wine from the estate. Revealing an old-school style in its peppery herbs, saddle leather, plum and blackberry aromas and flowers, this beauty is concentrated and focused on the palate, yet has the opulence and sexiness of this great vintage front and center. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.  (1/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cornas Harmonie is nearly approachable already. It's full-bodied and concentrated, with pure cassis fruit flavors and supple tannins that linger on the softly dusty finish. No, it's not the most complex example of Cornas, but it's a fine effort, and unlike many of the 2015s, likely will be consumed on the young side. (JC)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2018 | Send Email
When I last toured the vineyards of Cornas, I was taken aback by the steep and rugged nature of the hill. The antiquity and the rusticity of the area attest to some of the most authentic wines-of-place one will come across in France. The Harmonie cuvee from Guy Farge channels all of the potential of the land into one of the finer, more elegant, and flat out delicious bottles of Cornas I’ve tasted in recent memory. This wine is another stunner sourced through our direct import program. Dark, brooding, and deeply aromatic with hints of cassis and blackberry fruit. This is a real crowd pleaser while remaining true to its origin.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2018 | Send Email
What began as an exploratory expedition quickly forged into a new K&L direct relationship. I met Guy Farge through an agent at the ViniSud wine fair back in February. I tasted his line-up and was quickly smitten with the wines. I immediately booked some time to visit him in March when I would visit the Rhone Valley in search of new producers and great wines from the 2015 vintage. Guy makes a range of Northern Rhone wines but he is best known for his two Saint-Joseph cuvees and this knockout Cornas. Farge owns about 2.7 hectares in Cornas with 1.7 of those in the Renard lieu-dit. This crazy sloped parcel sits between two of the most prestigious neighbors you could have in the region - August Clape and Thierry Allemand. We stood at the top of Renarde together and he pointed out his neighbors. Vertigo only begins to describe my reaction. His Cornas vines aren't terraced like the Hermitage or Cote Rotie vineyards (which are still pretty vertigo inducing). I grabbed a handful of granite stones for my collection and slowly climbed my way back to the top of the vineyard. Guy's style of winemaking is pretty traditional, doing stem inclusion during fermentation and barrel aging in barrique with minimal new oak included. This wine is pure Cornas though with its meaty gamy black fruit and leathery tannins. There is a suppleness to the wine and great length. It is an outstanding expression that gives us terrific insight into the ability of this producer and only makes us more excited to see what else is on the horizon.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2018 | Send Email
I love Syrah. Especially Northern Rhone syrah... and the Guy Farge is very exceptional syrah. I've had more than several dozen wines from the 2015 vintage in the Rhone valley, and while I haven't had a bad bottle yet, there are definitely some I know will age beautifully within time. With proper decanting, or proper ageing, the Guy Farge can be an incredible bottle, and for a $40 dollar price point, it really is a steal, when you consider it being Northern Rhone. Here's a bottle for the Syrah lover.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2018 | Send Email
The Guy Farge “Harmonie” is a perfect example of how extraordinary vineyard sites, when treated with care and thoughtfulness, always produce superior wine. The “Harmonie:” is sourced from one of the great vineyards in Cornas, La Reynarde. Sandwiched in between the plots of Allemand and Clape, the two of the most sought-after and hard-to-find wines in the region. In the glass, the Farge is classic Cornas. There arerich, densely layered, dark fruits with elements of bacon fat and leather. Structured and well-defined, there is plenty of tannin, yet it is finely-textured, making the wine totally approachable. I was really shocked out how well the wine showed right out of the bottle. This has definitely secured the spot as my go-to Cornas.

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5