Noel Verset, Cornas 2003


1.5cm; nicked label, one double application of vintage neck tag

CellarTracker Member

Tasted 10 years ago this wine seemed excessively ripe. Even I have a hard time believing what time has accomplished here: this bottle, anyway, isn't overdone at all. Hardly -- the label says 12.5% alc. and that's about how it presents. Cool aromas of olive tapenade; fresh, fleshy, purple fruit on the palate without a hint of over-ripeness, and a bit of remaining tannins. Is it the greatest example of M. Verset's craft? No, it's not, but his personal stamp is in evidence. This is literally the first French wine from this vintage to stir my interest and provide real pleasure. I haven't a clue how he managed it. I truly enjoyed this. 1/10/2023

94 Points CellarTracker Member

I heard legends that this man could transcend any vintage expectations and so I purchased this and rolled the dice. Apparently was the hottest it's been in decades during the 2003 vintage. Yes, it's true, this was like a raspberry pie in a glass giving off refined animal aromas. Managed to get all the good stuff out of the cornas wine and backed with the right acidity...WTF. Heroes get remembered. Legends never die. Right up there with allemand with a a bit of extra soul. RIP 12/30/2015


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