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2016 Franck Balthazar Cornas Cuvee Casimir Balthazar

ITEM 8467091 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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I8503636 1 $70 Oct 30, 2022
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94Wine Spectator

Racy and tightly focused, with a beam of cassis and raspberry fruit that is vivid and laced with mouthwatering lavender, savory and rosemary notes. Reveals a zing of iron through the finish.

94Vinous / IWC

... Intense dark fruit preserve and floral scents, along with hints of olive paste, vanilla and exotic spices. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering powerful boysenberry and cassis flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Rich and broad but lively as well, showing excellent clarity and a suave floral nuance...


Franck Balthazar

Franck Balthazar is a 10-acre estate in Cornas, in the Rhone Valley, which has been in the Balthazar family for several generations. Father Rene passed it on to his son Franck in 2002, and Franck also inherited the estate’s reputation for traditionally-made wines. The 100% Syrah Cornas is the estate’s flagship wine.


France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Cornas

The Northern Rhône Valley wine region hugs the Rhône River from Vienne in the north to Valence at its southern tip. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, and it is divided into eight appellations. Along with its neighbor to the south, the Southern Rhone Valley, it is famous for its big, tannic, intensely concentrated wines. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in AOC wines from this sub-region, though the Syrah can be blended with the white wine grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the regulations for each AOC. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Of the eight appellations in the north, the most admired wines tend to come from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage, though there are certainly exceptional wines to be found in St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Peray, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. Along with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, Rhône wines are among France’s best known and most collected wines. Red wines from these appellations are notable for their signature aromas of bacon and green olives, and for their depth. Robert M. Parker, a great champion of Rhone wines, has written that “the northern Rhône produces three of the greatest wines in the world – the white wines of Condrieu and the red wines of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.”


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.