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

Cuvee Mère Michel was first introduced in 2016 and is not produced every year. This wine is a tribute to Johann Michel' wife, Emmanuelle, and a nod to the French song, La Mere Michel. This wines comes from Selection Massale (replanting new vineyards with cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same property) cuttings of Serine off the 1947 Yves Cuilleron vineyard at Chavanay. The vineyards are located in the lieu-dit "Les Cotes" at an altitude of 230 meters and benefiting from a southern sun exposure.

Specifications
Appellation
Cornas AOC
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Soil type
granite and sand
Vinification
Aged in new demi-muids for 16 months.

Reviews and News

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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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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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