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2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 94 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, licorice, exotic spices and incense, along with a strong, smoky mineral overtone. Stains the palate with sweet, sharply delineated black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that become more lively with air. Displays a compelling marriage of richness and finesse and finishes extremely long, seamless and precise, with smooth tannins coming in late. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (April 2018), 94 pts

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2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 94 PTS & Cellar Selection - WE

wine enthusiast 94 pts"Shades of crushed granite, cacao and leather lend earthen, savory complexities to this gorgeously raw, rustic Cornas. Black plum and cherry flavors are ripe and concentrated, edged by firm, fiery tannins. It needs a bit of time to soften and meld but should improve well through 2037. - Anna LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 94 pts + Cellar Selection


2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 98 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A new cuvée (at least for me), the 2017 Cornas Mere Michel comes from sandy, granite-laced soils and was brought up in new demi-muids. It's largely in the same mold as the traditional cuvée yet has another level of richness, depth, and texture. Blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, burning embers, and a kiss of bloody meat all flow to a rich, powerful Cornas that has ultra-fine tannins, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a great, great finish. It's unquestionably a candidate for the wine of the vintage in Cornas. Bravo!"
- Jeb Dunnuck (December 12th 2019), 98 pts


2018 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 96 PTS - DECANTER

decanter logo 250"This is a serious wine, it's powerful and full bodied but not excessive, very ripe but not overripe without relying on extraction. It’s fresh, deeply saline and mineral with elaborate, detailed aromatics. The fruit is intense, matching the oak without being swamped by it, underpinned by serrated, edgy tannins and a very long finish. Selection massale planted in 2011 on lieu-dit Les Côtes, south-facing at 230m altitude. No destemming, aged in new demi-muids for 16 months. Drinking Window 2026 - 2036."

- Decanter (October 2019), 96 pts


2018 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 98 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Only made in top vintages, the 2018 Cornas Mère Michel is a tribute to Johann's wife and a play on the French song "La Mere Michelle." Brought up in a new demi-muid, it's a richer, broader wine compared to the Cuvée Jana yet still has incredible Cornas style in its red, black, and blue fruits as well as notes of toasted spice, roasted meat, chocolate, and wild herbs. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent, it has a touch more upfront appeal and should be drinkable in just 4-5 years yet also evolve for two decades."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: The 2018s and 2019s, November 19th 2020), 98 pts


2019 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 94 PTS - WS

wine spectator 94 pts"Ripe, lushly styled waves of blackberry and black currant preserves are backed by singed alder and tobacco leaf notes and a strong tug of burly tar through the finish. The combination makes for an impressive rendering of Syrah. 15 cases imported. — James MOLESWORTH"

- Wine Spectator, 94 pts


2019 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Mere Michel - 97 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 97 pts

"This is a showstopper red made from 100% Sérine, the aromatic and uniquely Northern Rhône variance of Syrah. It's a haunting, complex wine marked by hints of violet, ore, blood and steel, but also a core of luscious blueberry and preserved-plum flavors. Vinified in whole-grape clusters, it maintains freshness and cut despite massive ripeness. Delicious young, the wine will gain depth with age. At peak from 2025 through 2040, it likely will hold further. Anna LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast (February/March 2022), 97 pts