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.
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.
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.
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.
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.