Christophe Pichon Cornas Allegorie 2020
A deep Ruby robe leading to a typical Syrah nose: red & dark fruits balance spices. We find a fruity and structured wine in mouthfeel, spicy, balanced and harmonious
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NEW, Top Rated, Winter Warmers
A family story… Christophe Pichon took over the estate from his father and acquired his first vines in 1991. Two years later, he invested in a wasteland to plant vines in Saint-Joseph AOC. Today he vinifies 18 hectares spread over Condrieu, Côte Rôtie, Saint-Joseph and Cornas . A production of white and red Vins de Pays completes the range. The entire Pichon family has been striving for finesse and elegance in their wines for more than 25 years.
Area: 1 ha
Soil: granite. middle slope and higher slopes
Grape Variety : syrah 100%
Vines age : 40 years
Ageing : 14 months in oak barrels, new to 3 years old
Wine Enthusiast – 94 points (2017)
Sourced from Syrah grown on high-altitude granite slopes, this moderately full-bodied, silken wine offers scintillating black plum and cassis flavors edged by smoke, earth and iron. It’s a rich, satisfying wine that’s briskly balanced in acidity and framed by fine, penetrating tannins. Lovely already but should gain complexity through 2030.
James Suckling – 90 points
Still very youthful, this needs a moment in the glass for the violet and cherry aromas to emerge. Very juicy and easy to enjoy on the palate for a young Cornas, the tannins right in the background, but they earth this well-made example of the appellation. Drink or hold.
Wine Advocate – 92 points (2017)
Notes of charred beef and grilled plum mark the nose of Pichon’s 2017 Cornas Allegorie. It’s full-bodied, rich and textured—perhaps a bit oaky for some tastes—but well made, showing ample ripeness, concentration and length. Overall, it’s a solid effort.