September 14, 2014
A Sorry Tale or The Sweet Smell of Success?
In 2002 Jancis Robinson wrote an article about Cornas. Its title was “Cornas - an old but sorry tale.”
Jancis did not have it in for Cornas before writing the article. In fact, the beginning of her piece avers that “perhaps my main fault as a wine writer is that I am too positive about specific wines and wine regions.” But after drinking seventeen bottles of Cornas that were stinky, reduced, tough, metallic, oxidized and volatile, Jancis made an admission: her inherent optimism had been thrashed. She had “met [her] match, and it is Cornas.”
The Cornas appellation is very small and so are individual landholdings. Many of the wines Robinson tasted were ... [More]