1999 Noel Verset Cornas #113915708


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Reviews 94 points Vinous "From an outstanding northern Rhone vintage, Verset's 1999 Cornas is still youthfully fruity and floral on the nose, offering aromas of fresh red berries, candied flowers and peppery spices, with a smoky mineral nuance slowly emerging. Juicy black raspberry and cola flavors expand in the mouth and pick up hints of cola and licorice, along with a touch of succulent herbs. Bitter chocolate and fruitcake notes emerge on the finish, which features dusty tannins and a jolt of juicy acidity. (JR)" 96 points John Gilman "The bouquet is deep, pure and complex, offering up a beautiful blend of cassis, black raspberries, pepper, a touch of new leather, a beautiful base of stony soil tones, woodsmoke and still a touch of Cornas? youthful, medicinal overtones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, superbly balanced and very complex, with a great core of fruit, modest tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, complex and tangy finish. (JG)"

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Noel Verset is a Cornas Legend

About Noel Verset

Noël Verset, a wine legend from Cornas, stands as a testament to the power of tradition and perseverance in winemaking. Born in 1919, Verset began his winemaking journey at the age of 12, working alongside his father in their vineyards. Throughout his remarkable 75-year career, Verset was a champion of traditional winemaking techniques and helped revive the Cornas region along with fellow vignerons Auguste Clape and Rene Balthazar.

Verset's wines are celebrated for their pure expression of Cornas terroir, characterized by powerful yet elegant flavors, velvety textures, and distinctive aromatics. He believed in crafting a single cuvée from his vineyard holdings, which included the esteemed Reynard, Chaillot, Sabarotte, and Champelrose crus. These vineyards were planted with La Petite Syrah, an ancient local clone known for its small, olive-shaped berries that produce wines with greater aromatic complexity than modern clones.

The wines were made using traditional methods such as foot-crushing and no destemming, allowing the essence of the Cornas terroir to shine through. Many consider Verset's wines to be the Cornas equivalent of Gentaz's Côte Rôtie wines, and his dedication to the craft remained consistent until his final vintages.

Sadly, with his retirement in 2006 and passing in 2015, Noël Verset's wines have become increasingly scarce, making them highly prized and sought-after by collectors. The vineyards he nurtured have since passed on to a new generation of winemakers, such as Thierry Allemand and Franck Balthazar, who continue to honor the legacy of Verset and his commitment to the Cornas terroir.

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