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Johann Michel Cornas
Domaine Johann Michel
France - Rhone Valley - Cornas AOC   

This Cornas is a blend from 2 different vineyard sites: 
- 60% of the final blend is from vineyards located on a hillside (16 year old vines on the "coteau"), planted on sandy soils, decomposed granite and some rocks, giving the structure, spiciness and licorice flavors to the blend.
- the other 40% of the final blend comes from the bottom of the slope (40 years old vines on the "pied de coteau"), planted on sandy soils, bringing acidity and balance to the wine.

Expressive, deep, rich, silky and juicy. Well structured and round, it displays red fruit, leather, black cherry, liquorice and black berry aromas.

 

Specifications
Appellation
Cornas AOC
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Age of vines
16-40 years
Soil type
sandy with decomposed granite & rock
Vinification
Manual harvest. 100% destemming, 3 weeks tank fermentation, daily remontage and pigeage. Malolactic fermentation in oak and aging on the lees for 12-18 months (2-4 year old barrels).

Reviews and News

2018 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - JD

2018 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Moving to the three Cornas releases, the 2018 Cornas is brilliant and certainly in the same ballpark as the 2016 and 2017. Lots of red and blue fruits, smoked earth, graphite, iron, violets, and gamey notes define this full-bodied Cornas. With ample tannins, fabulous balance, and a big finish, it's going to need 4-5 years of bottle age at a minimum yet should drink fabulously well over the following 15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: The 2018s and 2019s, November 19th 2020), 94 pts

 

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - WE

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Sun-baked brush, sage and smoked meat perfume crisp cassis in this ripe but freshly postured Syrah. Black-fruit flavors are glossy and penetrating but backed by a zippy spine of acidity and tense, fine-grained tannins. The wine drinks well already but should improve through 2030 and hold further still. - Anna LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 94 pts

 

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 93+ PTS - JD

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 93+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2017 Cornas comes from more sandy soils and was brought up in 3- to 5-year-old demi-muids. It's an elegant, complex Cornas with lots of ripe red and black fruits and plenty of loamy earth, truffle, and spice incense aromas. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, balanced, incredibly classy, elegant Cornas that has terrific tannins, loads of upfront charm, and a great finish."
- Jeb Dunnuck (December 12th 2019), 93+ pts

 

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90 PTS - W&S

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90 PTS - W&S

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- Wine & Spirits Magazine (November 2019), 90 pts
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2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 95 PTS - JD

2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The base 2016 Cornas from Michel is brilliant and a match for just about anything out there. Completely destemmed and brought up in 2- to 4-year-old barrels, its deep purple color is followed by a monster nose of black fruits, olives, cured meats, and wild herbs. Deep, full-bodied, and incredibly pure on the palate, it shows the classic style of the vintage yet also packs plenty of depth and richness. It’s a thrilling Cornas to drink over the coming 15-20 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 95 pts

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2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92 PTS - WE

2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Whiffs of horse saddle, smoke and anise lend complexity to rich but restrained black plum and cherry on the nose of this wine. The palate is surprisingly riper, ruddy and voluptuous in texture, but balanced by firm, penetrating tannins. Moderately full bodied and solidly framed, it should drink well through 2030. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2019), 92 pts

 

2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - WE

2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 94 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 94 pts"Whiffs of truffle, leather and violet introduce this deft, nuanced Syrah. Blackberry and plum flavors are intensely ripe but muted by savory notes of spice and earth. Freshly balanced and supple on the palate, it finishes with a firm, penetrating grip of tannins. Lovely already it should soften and meld from 2021 and continue to improve through 2030. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2018), 94 pts + Editor's Choice

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2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92-94 PTS - WA

2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92-94 PTS - WA

wa"the 2015 Cornas looks to be a brilliant wine. Blackberries, wild herbs, pepper and black olives all emerge from this full-bodied, rich, unctuous and tannic 2015 that's going to require 2-4 years of cellaring and keep for 15-20 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #228, December 2016), 92-94 pts

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2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Opaque ruby. Heady dark berry, incense, olive and Indian spice aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a smoky mineral nuance with air. Broad, sappy and appealingly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors and a suggestion of candied licorice. Tightens up on the impressively persistent finish, which features blueberry and cracked pepper notes and building tannins. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (July 2017), 92 pts

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2014 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 93 PTS - WS

2014 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 93 PTS - WS

wine spectator 93 pts"Distinctive, featuring a gorgeous frame of loam and roasted alder around a core of macerated dark currant, plum and blackberry fruit, this nonetheless stays vibrant and racy, with a blaze of iron defining the finish, backed by a mouthwatering white pepper note. Youthfully tight, so let this unfurl in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2029. 150 cases made."

- Wine Spectator (October 2016), 93 pts

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2013 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Opaque ruby. Ripe blueberry, cassis, licorice and olive on the highly perfumed nose, along with a smoky bacon nuance. Broad, spicy and concentrated, offering dark berry flavors complemented by hints of peppery spices and bitter chocolate. Dusty tannins and an echo of licorice join the very long, spicy finish. - Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (March 2016), 91 pts

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2012 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 95 PTS - WA

2012 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 95 PTS - WA

wa95"About as polished and elegant as they come from the appellation, Michel's 2012 Cornas offers rocking crème de cassis, raspberry, spice, toasted bread and licorice to go with an elegant, medium to full-bodied profile. Possessing no hard edges and slightly hidden, sweet tannin, this is an awesome wine that will have 15+ years of sexy drinking. - Jeb Dunnuck"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #216, December 2014), 95 pts

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2012 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 91-94 PTS - WA

2012 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 91-94 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 94 Pts"Moving to the reds and a locked and loaded barrel sample, the 2012 Cornas exhibits gorgeous black and blue fruits, lavender, violets, crushed rock and assorted background meatiness. This medium to full-bodied, supple and voluptuously textured Cornas has good mid-palate depth, juicy acidity and an overall, pure, nicely focused profile. Enjoy it over the coming 10-12 years.- JD"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #210, December 2013), 91-94 pts

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2011 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90-93 PTS - WA

2011 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90-93 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 93 Pts"The 2011 Cornas reveals supple, silky tannins as well as the essence of blackberry and licorice notes intermixed with hints of beef blood and flowers. It is fruit-forward, soft and impressive. These are both impressive vintages from this up-and-coming young Cornas producer."

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker, issue #204, December 2012), 90-93 pts

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2011 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90 PTS - IWC

2011 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas - 90 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 Pts"Inky purple. Highly perfumed aromas of candied dark berries, black pepper, olive paste and violet, with slow-building spiciness. Sappy, penetrating and lively on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of cola. Closes spicy and long, with a sneaky floral nuance and velvety tannins. - JR"

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Mar/Apr 2013), 90 pts

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Producer Information: Domaine Johann Michel

Johann Michel is a self-taught winemaker who discovered his passion while tasting old bottles of wine with his grandfather. His first vintage was 1997. He works alongside his wife Emmanuelle, ...
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