Johann Michel Cuvee Grain Noir
Domaine Johann Michel
France - Rhone Valley

The Grain Noir is made from grapes from grapes from right outside of the Cornas appellation, as well as grapes from the young vines of Cornas AOC that was declassified in order to keep the older vines from the Estate flagship cuvées. For the first time the 2021 harvest was vinified and aged in 400-liter oak barrels. 

Well structured and round, Cuvee Grain Noir displays red fruit, leather, black cherry, liquorice and black berry aromas. This special cuvee is expressive, deep, rich, silky and juicy - truly delicious.

Wine Type
100% Syrah
Age of vines
6 YO from Cornas + older vines from outside of AOC
Soil type
sand & decomposed granite
Manual harvest. 100% destemming, 3 weeks tank fermentation, daily remontage and pigeage.
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees for 12-18 months in 400-liter oak barrels (2-12 year old barrels).
200 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2016 Domaine Johann Michel Grain Noir - 89 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Domaine Johann Michel Grain Noir - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Brilliant ruby. Smoke-accented dark berries, cherry and licorice on the perfumed nose. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a touch of cracked pepper and an olive nuance. The licorice and floral notes repeat on a nicely persistent finish shaped by supple, even tannins. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (April 2018), 89 pts

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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