Twenty years ago, Cornas was a meaty, rustic wine whose typically coarse tannins routinely required a good decade of bottle aging. The wines were denser and chunkier than its Rhone neighbors Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph and rougher in their youth. They were also cheap. Today, Cornas is just as dense and meaty but a lot more expensive, and generally a bit cleaner than previously, with many wines offering earlier accessibility.
Aromas and flavors of Cornas varietals
Aromas and flavors typically include dark fruits, smoked meat, leather, violet, licorice, and black olive.