🦄 alert! “Marcel Juge is one of the great icons of the Northern Rhône, specifically #Cornas.
He “retired” in the late 1990s but still made about 150 cases of his super-traditional Cornas for close friends and personal consumption until 2015, when he totally stopped.
His yields are kept extremely low, and grapes are all harvested by hand from steep hillside vineyards. Like many of the great old-time producers, there is no de-stemming, and wine is macerated and fermented using the traditional “submerged cap”, which allows for a more gentle extraction from the otherwise fiercely tannic #Syrah grapes. The wine is aged for a minimum of 18-24 months in crusty old demi-muids before being bottled without filtration.
Marcel himself is a bit of a “provocateur” and likes to rail on the current state of affairs of the wine business. “Les Americans ne comprennent pas mes vins!” (“the Americans don’t understand my wines”), he proclaims. “They all want big and fruity wines, and my wines are more about elegance”. Juge has always found a way to coax elegance out of the granite soils of his beloved Cornas. As Robert Parker said in his original book on the Rhone, “His wines are the most elegant and Burgundy-like made in Cornas”. Sourced from Polanerselections.com
Indeed the Juge 2000 Cuvee C was my “wow” Cornas a couple months ago, and this bottle here, although not as fresh as the other, was still amazing!
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