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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Smoke-accented scents of blueberry, mocha and black olive are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Smooth, focused and gently warm, showing a light touch to the fresh dark berry, black pepper and violet pastille flavors. Silky, slow-building tannins add shape to the smoke-accented finish, which echoes the olive note. The fruit that would normally go into Colombo’s Marquee Vallon de Aigle bottling wound up in here this vintage.

Vinous July 2017
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Smoke-accented scents of blueberry, mocha and black olive are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Smooth, focused and gently warm, showing a light touch to the fresh dark berry, black pepper and violet pastille flavors. Silky, slow-building tannins add shape to the smoke-accented finish, which echoes the olive note. The fruit that would normally go into Colombo’s Marquee Vallon de Aigle bottling wound up in here this vintage.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2015 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Looking at the Cornas releases, which they’re moving to bottling just a touch earlier than they have in the past, the 2015 Cornas Terres Brûlées sees malolactic fermentation in barrel and is aged in 10% new French oak. It’s a ripe, nicely concentrated, forward and elegant red that has a kiss of oak in its black raspberry, toasted spice, cassis and exotic floral-based bouquet. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, fruit forward and nicely balanced, give it a year or two to integrate its oak and enjoy bottles through 2025.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2014
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2011 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Dried spices, cracked pepper and roasted meat notes scream of Syrah and the Northern Rh?ne. It?s medium to full in body, but with fine tannins and bright acidity, making it remarkably easy to drink. Approachable now, it should still be drinking well through 2030.

Editors? Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2016
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2013 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Vivid purple. Candied cherry, cassis and olive paste on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, round and sweet, offering juicy, pepper-laced dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. A smoky note comes up on the finish, which is firmed by smooth, nicely integrated tannins.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge March 2016
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2012 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Dark purple. Sexy dark berry preserve and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of woodsmoke, licorice and black pepper. Round and expansive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet blueberry and cherry-cola flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes supple and long, with lingering smokiness and smooth tannins.

International Wine Cellar September 2014
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2011 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry, woodsmoke and peppery spices. The palate offers energetic flavors of fresh dark berries, black pepper and candied violet, with a hint of olive in the background. Rich yet graceful and focused, with a smoky, floral finish and supple, even tannins.

Vinous March 2014
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2010 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Seriously taut, with a chalky spine that drives through layers of raspberry, black cherry and black currant fruit. A note of singed apple wood frames the finish. A bit backward, but displays lovely cut and persistence, exhibiting ample concentration for the cellar.

Wine Spectator May 2013
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2010 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Exotic aromas and flavors of dark berry liqueur, allspice and candied flowers. Sappy, penetrating and energetic, with silky texture and a touch of brighter red fruits on the back end. Tannins come on late and add grip to a long, subtly smoky finish.

International Wine Cellar March 2013
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2009 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Bright purple. Fresh red and dark berry aromas are complemented by violet and Indian spices. Fresh, sharply focused black raspberry and cassis flavors show very good depth, with fine-grained tannins providing shape. Finishes lively and precise, with impressive intensity and suave florality. This wine was raised entirely in older barriques.

International Wine Cellar March 2012
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2008 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Remarkably impressive. Although its hugely extracted, a deep pool of black, plummy juice, its also shapely, traced by ferrous minerality and firmed with powerful tannins. It comes off chewy and supple, spicy and smooth, a fascinating ? and delicious ? exercise in contradictions.

Best Buy Award
Wine & Spirits February 2012
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2008 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Deep ruby. A smoky, intensely perfumed bouquet displays cherry, red berry preserves, cola, violet and herbs. Juicy, focused and spicy, offering nicely concentrated cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of finishing smokiness. A bitter cherry note lingers on the sappy, yet refreshingly brisk finish. This is showing a lot more energy than it did last year.

International Wine Cellar January 2011
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2007 France Rhone Valley
88 Points

Bright red. Spicy red berries on the nose, with complementary notes of dried flowers and baking spices. Fresh, focused raspberry and cherry flavors are a touch bitter and show a firm tannic edge. Sweet and deeper on the finish, with the floral note echoing. This would benefit from some air.

International Wine Cellar January 2010
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Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2006 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Vivid ruby. Spicy black raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by fresh flowers and minerals. Graceful, finely etched dark berry flavors show surprising depth and power but no excess fat. Supple tannins add grip to the long, juicy finish. I like this wine's balance and focus.

International Wine Cellar January 2009
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle