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Franck Balthazar Cornas Casimir 2018

Franck Balthazar Cornas Casimir 2018

100% Syrah. One of the top growers in the Northern Rhone is Franck Balthazar, who left his engineering career in 2002 to answer the siren song of Cornas’ steep granite slopes and take up the classic farming and winemaking methods of his father René. A dozen years later, Balthazar is making some of the most expressive, and rigorously traditional, wines in Cornas. Franck bottles all of his tiny production, made by methods little changed from those of his grandfather. The domaine is the definition of old-school with even the vineyards being plowed by horse. Also, the domaine’s vineyards are planted exclusively to la Petite Syrah, the ancient local clone whose small, olive-shaped berries produce a wine of greater aromatic complexity than modern clones. All of this lead Josh Raynolds of Vinous to say, "Balthazar’s elegant Cornas bottlings are among the very best in the appellation right now.” Cuvée Casimir is a brilliant Cornas. Named in honor of Franck’s grandfather, it comes from two sources: the old vines in Les Mazards combined with the new plantings in Légre. Powerful yet elegant, it forms the perfect complement to the heroic Chaillot. Enjoy the timeless Syrah's of Franck Balthazar.

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SKU: 1151295201800750
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Northern Rhone
Vineyard Designation
Cornas
Vinous
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"Opaque ruby. Intense aromas of cassis, black raspberry, olive and star anise are complemented by a smoky mineral topnote and a touch of smoky bacon. Chewy and subtly sweet, offering lively dark berry preserve, floral pastille and licorice flavors and a spicy jolt of black pepper. Finishes very long and spicy, with fine-grained tannins and a building cherry note." - Josh Raynolds
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