Eric et Joel Durand, Cornas, Empreintes 2016

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95 points Decanter

From 30 year old vines, 75% destemmed. An aromatic red fruit character on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it's a very direct, smooth and supple style. There's no unnecessary weight here, it's exceptionally well worked, with smooth tannins and a very long finish. It has the characteristic smooth polish of the domaine, and is an elegant expression of Cornas. (MW) (10/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Deep purple-colored, the 2016 Cornas Empreintes is a smoking good effort. Blackberries, plums, cured meats, pepper, and earthy notes all flow from this rounded, sexy, powerful Cornas that has beautiful mid-palate depth and density as well as a great finish. Drink this smoking good 2016 any time over the coming decade. (12/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cornas Empreintes features hints of cedar, brown sugar and dried spices layered over its plummy fruit (it was aged in 20% new oak, with the bulk in older wood). Full-bodied, supple and ripe, it's charming but with more stuffing than that word suggests, showing ample concentration and soft, dusty tannins on the long finish. It's a terrific Cornas to drink over the next 10-12 years. (JC) (12/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Ripe and focused, with mouthwatering acidity driving the core of steeped red currant, raspberry and blackberry fruit along. A bright iron note zings through the finish, pulling in light anise, savory and sanguine hints. Best from 2020 through 2035. 520 cases made. (JM) (11/2018)

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