Johann Michel Cornas Cuvee Jana

2018 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 99 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"There are two special cuvées from this estate. Looking first at the 2018 Cornas Cuvée Jana, it tastes like the essence of Cornas with its meaty, bloody aromas and flavors of scorched earth, ground pepper, rare steak, iron, cedar, and dark, almost blue fruits. Tight, tannic, and concentrated on the palate, this full-bodied effort packs incredible intensity and power yet stays lively, elegant, and weightless. It's a brilliant, brilliant Cornas, yet certainly not for those seeking instant gratification. It actually reminds me slightly of the incredibly age-worthy wines from Domaine Clape, and I suspect it will have a similar evolution. Hide bottles for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following two decades."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: The 2018s and 2019s, November 19th 2020), 99 pts, #62 TOP 100

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 96 PTS & Editor's Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 96 pts"Ripe black cherry and plum are perfumed by thrilling hits of fur, chocolate, smoke and bramble in this wine. Complex and moderately full bodied, it's irresistible for its inky, concentrated fruit. Fresh acidity and an earthen undertow lend balance. Beautiful already it should improve through 2037. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 96 pts + Editor's Choice

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 95+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Coming from the granitic soils of the Chaillot lieu-dit and vines planted in 2000, the 2017 Cornas Cuvée Jana is the top cuvée and spent 12-14 months in second- and third-fill demi-muids. Its deep purple color is followed by a powerful, ripe, sexy Cornas that offers rocking notes of black fruits, scorched earth, burning ember, smoked game, and hints of tapenade. Complex, deep, and layered on the palate, yet beautifully balanced, it's a knockout bottle of wine that will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and knock your socks off over the following decade or more."
- Jeb Dunnuck (December 12th 2019), 95+ pts

2017 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 94 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Vivid purple. Highly perfumed, spice- and smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, smoked meat, olive paste and candied violet, lent urgency by a minerally element. At once rich and lively in style, offering concentrated blackberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity on an impressively long, clinging finish that features youthful, gripping tannins and an emphatic, smoky bacon flourish. All whole clusters. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (September 2019), 94 pts

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2016 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 98 PTS - TOP 100 - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Even better, and getting up in some rarified air, the 2016 Cornas Cuvée Jana is a special selection (it’s named after Johann and Emmanuelle’s daughter) from the Chaillot lieu-dit that’s not destemmed and is fermented and aged in 500-liter French oak (I believe mostly new). Thrilling notes of crème de cassis, smoked meats, rendered bacon fat, and crushed rocks all flow to a full-bodied Cornas that has thrilling purity of fruit, a multi-dimensional, seamless texture, and a finish that goes on for over a minute. This magical Cornas has the purity and balance to drink well even today, yet it will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and shine for 15-20 years. Bravo!"

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 98 pts
#95 in the TOP100 Red Wines of 2019

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2014 Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvée Jana - 95 PTS - WS

wine spectator 95 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. From France.—J.M."

- Wine Spectator Insider (July 20th 2016), 95 pts

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