Community Tasting Notes (19) Median Score: 93 points

  • Started out with some real barnyard/stable aromas, but after two hours really transformed. Palate became very rich with herbal notes, evergreen, olive, meat, black fruits emerging on the nose. There was a floral element adding to the rustic elegance of the wine. I would drink up and recommend decanting in advance. This wine needs patience when opened.

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  • Unfortunately this was a tired bottle, past it's prime.

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  • Medium red-garnet. Squeaky acid nose, yes some VA, slightly ripe fruit and his usual Menthol. Rigid and unyielding acid on arrival; tannin blunted. I usually love Verset's hand in the cellar, but this bottle is not one of his better efforts. Bottle #6 of six.

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  • Everyone at the table fawns over this. I love the purity to the nose. The palate is elegant and complex at the same time, and completely weightless. Zach notes pork broth on the palate. Peter B. returns to NY, L’Apicio.

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  • The best bottle of the '96 Verset I've had yet. This seems to be at peak, and I can't imagine it getting any better - layers of fruit, earth, olives, meaty and leathery funk, and other developed savoury notes all come together into an incredibly seamless, complex whole, and the sauvage, rustic flavours are a total contrast to the incredibly graceful and gentle palate presence. It's remarkably light on its feet with the tannins integrated and a bright acid spine keeping it very fresh and light, and the finish keeps resonating for minutes. Incredible wine. My last bottle, but I think I caught this at the perfect time.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2004, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5+ points

    (Noel Verset Cornas) Quite an opaque wine, but not as richly coloured as some. Packed with fruit on the nose. The nose is packed with blackcurrant jam. On the palate, there are tannins and firm acidity. A touch of finesse and elegance though. This should improve nicely over the next three or four years.

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