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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerRobert Michel
VineyardLa Geynale
SubRegionNorthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2020 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pbaek on 11/5/2015: 2004 Rhone Tasting chez Lillelund (Lilleund's home): We tasted this next to the Allemand Reynard, and, sadly, this wine was completely overshadowed by the Allemand. This wine, though, is good in its own right, it's more subtle and understated compared to the Allemand, cool in nature, upright. Benefitted from air. (537 views)
 Tasted by cardsandwine on 12/14/2014: Excellent Cornas, albeit still on the young side. Lots of potential here. Ruby red hue with a nice earthy and peppery palate. Good balance and acidity. (1013 views)
 Tasted by salil on 5/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Brooding and austere at first, still somewhat closed down, but after a couple of hours in the decanter this opens up really nicely. The fruit is still quite rich and sappy but it's starting to show some of that savoury developed Cornas smoky, meaty and leathery character, particularly with air as the flavours keep getting more tertiary and savoury the longer it's open. Really enjoyable, but I'll leave my other bottles alone for a few more years. (1672 views)
 Tasted by kingkanu on 2/15/2014 & rated 88 points: This was a good bottle of Cornas, it had most of what you look for with the earthy meaty flavours with some elegence and decent length, but it just wasn't quite the full article for me, there's nothing wrong with it as such, but just lacked a bit of something. (1197 views)
 Tasted by Sotto325 on 1/2/2014 & rated 90 points: A bit disappointing and definitely ready--almost on its right shoulder-- to drink. This was highly touted at a fine restaurant and I expected a Pape or Allemande experience. Instead, this wine was pleasant, nicely made but had a more genericized flavor profile which did not emphasize the gutsy side of Cornas nor the fiery pepper of the syrah. The nose was restrained and the dark cherry notes were muted, with an almost merlot like smoothness. It was tough to coax out the more typical earthy, brighter cherry tones. (1281 views)
 Tasted by sharonandroland on 9/8/2013 & rated 89 points: The hawthorn theme of this producers starts to show in this vintage. A bit light on the body and the tannins are still rather chalky, but fine grained. Alcohol is showing slightly. (1234 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 2/8/2013: This smelled like typically funky French Syrah with some olives thrown in. Surprisingly, in the mouth, it is a lot cleaner than it smells with nicely textured red fruit, medium weight and sound acidity. Certainly not a monstrous or overly animal Cornas-more toward the restrained side of things. (1287 views)
 Tasted by rhit on 6/18/2010: Sappy dark red fruit, sherry, and some rocks on the nose. On the palate, more dark red fruit and earth with a strong acid spine and small tannin presence. Lightweight and robust. Nice. (1450 views)

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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124
(Domaine Robert Michel Cornas La Geynale) Subscribe to see review text.
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Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.

2013 Vintage Notes:
"Philippe Guigal has described this year’s fruit from the northern Rhône as “astonishing” in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France."

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