Cornas "Sans Soufre Ajouté", Balthazar
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Cornas "Sans Soufre Ajouté", Balthazar - 2020

Item # 38632 750mL

A young vines bottling of Syrah that was made without the addition of any sulphur. Delectable on the palate with plenty of pulpy, dark-fruit character, a litheness and incredible accessibility. This is Balthazar's non-sulphured Cornas which results in a fruited, lively bottling that is so accessible. The domaine dates back to 1931 when Franck Balthazar's grandfather founded the estate. Today, Franck follow the very old school methods of his forefathers.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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The reason I drink syrah is because I want to experience something a little bit wild. Inky and rich in black cherry flavor, this bottling from Franck Balthazar is the empitome of the untamed nature of Cornas. The domaine’s vineyards are planted exclusively with la petite syrah, the ancient local clone whose small, olive-shaped berries produce a wine of greater aromatic complexity than modern clones. Taken from young, 10 year-old vines, fermented with ambient yeast and bottled sans soufre, it's a cuvée that pulls you in and doesn't let go. Franck took over the domaine from his father in 2002. He plows the vineyard with the aid of a horse and vinifies his plots separately in a small cellar behind a local church.




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