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2012 les Côtes, Saint-Joseph from the “up and coming superstar” Vincent Paris

Vincent Paris is the nephew of Robert Michel, a long time grower in Cornas, who sold some of his vineyards to Vincent Paris when he retired in 2006.  Vincent Paris produces wine from some six hectares that he owns and two that he rents.  He ferments at low temperatures then ages his wines in oak.  John Livingstone-Learmonth finds that his wines are cleaner and more modern than those of his uncle.  Vincent Paris produces red wines from Cornas and Saint-Joseph.  Jeb Dunnock recently called him an “up and coming superstar of Cornas”.  In reviewing the 2012 vintage he awarded the Granit 30 some 92-95 points, the Granite 60 some 94-97 points, and the La Geynale 94-96 points.  The les Côtes, Saint-Joseph was not reviewed by Jeb Dunnock.

I should have tasted this bottle over two nights or perhaps waited to write about it until I opened a second bottle.  My tasting note, like the wine, reflects the charm in drinking this approachable yet evolving wine.   The fruit was forward, almost sweet, and appropriately matched by ample texture in the mouth.  There was a lot going on and as a bonus, the alcohol content is quite low at 12.5%.  I suspect the nose will open up this winter but at this price you can drink some now and cellar the rest. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2012 Domaine Vincent Paris, les Côtes, Saint-Joseph – $25
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 10 and 20 year old vines from vineyards located in Ardoix on granite soils at 300m.  It was fermented in two-thirds oak barrels and one-third stainless steel then aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels.  Alcohol 12.5%.  There was slightly sweet black fruit in the mouth which had a grapey nature instead of that from very young vines.  The flavors were compact with a little extract and plenty of texture.  It developed a little Big Red spiciness.  ***(*) Now-2019.


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