Les Grandes Terrasses is named for the extremely steep terraces supported by small dry stone walls that overlook the Rhône Valley. These parcels on the South-facing slopes of the hill behind the village of Cornas have soil of decomposed granite called gore and produce rich, full-bodied wines. The Syrah vines are 20 to 60 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested, sorted, destemmed (100%) and crushed. The maceration lasts for 3 to 4 weeks with daily pump overs. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new. Potential to age up to 15 years.

Harvest Note

The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter and one of the warmest springs in France. Regular rainfall encouraged quick flowering in very good conditions. July brough strong heat and an absence of rain but an early veraison prevented degradation since the water needs of the vine decreases at this stage. The harvest started early in good weather conditions and resulted in healthy, quality grapes.

Tasting Note

Deep garnet in color, this expressive and velvety wine has aromas of black fruit, tart cherry, and peppery and delicate woody notes with supple tannins

Food Pairing

Jugged hare with fresh pasta

Unique Selling Points
  • Steep slope of Cornas forms an amphitheater that protects the vines from cold winds
  • Named for extremely steep terraces supported by small dry stone walls
  • Granitic soils produce rich, full-bodied wines
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