Tain Cornas Les Arenes Sauvages

France

 

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At the foot of the famous Hermitage hillside, the Cave de Tain cooperative produces five appellation d'origine contrôlée wines: Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas and St-Péray. Head winemaker, Xavier Frouin supervises each stage of vinification, from grape reception, classified according to quality, right up to bottling. The Cave has established an enviable reputation for authentic wines bearing the full character of their individual terroirs, bringing out the best through careful and non-intrusive vinification methods. Over the years, traditional wine making techniques have remained whilst benefitting from the latest developments in modern winemaking.

Made from old vines on well exposed granite terraces. Arènes means 'ampitheatre' and the grapes are taken from a selection of old vines from the best plots in this ampitheatre still setting.

Tain Cornas ‘Les Arènes Sauvages’ is a serious bottle of wine with plenty of structure and shape but also with plenty of plush fruit to justify it. Deep dark red with an intense nose of raspberries, spice and a hint of graphite. The palate has more black fruits (blackberry and cherry), pepper and toast. The wine is clean and bright, with a silky mouthfeel and good length, which reveals an elegant finish. Approachable but evident tannins, you can drink this now or even age it for a bit. Excellent with gamey red meats, mature hard cheeses or dark chocolate.

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Grapes:  Syrah 100%
ABV: 13.5%
Volume: 75cl
Vintage: 2011
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes

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