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1995 Domaine Noel Verset Cornas

Capsule condition issue; 3.5 cm ullage; label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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95Vinous / IWC

One of the best that I've ever drunk from Verset, behaves like it's over a decade younger with an explosively perfumed bouquet that evokes ripe red & dark fruits, incense, potpourri & blood orange with a smoky mineral quality... superb...

94+ John Gilman

...superb...very soil-driven and stony personality on both the nose and palate. The bouquet offers up a very fine mélange of black raspberries, black olives, intense soil tones, game, pepper, a bit of far off bonfire and notes of coffee bean. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very much defined by its stony base of soil, with still some firm tannins in need of resolution, but great length and grip on the still moderately chewy finish.


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.