2016 Syrah (Cornas)Gilles Robin
The Robin family have grown grapes in Crozes-Hermitage for generations, but until 1995 they were always sold to the local cooperative in Tain l'Hermitage. Today, Gilles estate bottles his entire production and consistently produces some of the very best wines of this appellation. Gilles has just 15 hectares, however most of those vineyards are fully mature at more than 40 years old.
The estate has several plots of land in the favoured ‘Les Chassis’ district just south of the Hermitage hill. The soils in this area consist of large amounts of smooth pudding stones ‘galets’ and red clay from the route the Rhône river once flowed. These richer clay based soils give a wine that is typically rounder and more generous than from some other areas of the appellation
From vines located at the top of the Cornas hill in the famed lieu-dit of St Pierre.
”Dark purple. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of dark fruit preserves, smoky minerals, exotic spices and bacon fat. Chewy and sweet on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry preserve and spicecake flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity on the impressively persistent finish, which leaves cherry liqueur and smoked meat notes behind.” 92 points. Vinous, Josh Raynolds, September 2019