Domaine Johann Michel

Small but perfectly formed would be a good way to describe this very exciting domaine. Low yields from limited holdings mean that getting our hands on these great wines seems to be getting harder and harder. Add to that the fact that its wines keep getting great reviews, it’s perhaps of little surprise that there is not a lot to go around. Johann set up the domaine in 1997 and now farms organically although he is not yet certified. Cornas is known for producing slightly foursquare wines lacking in finesse and subtlety, yet Johann’s offerings could not be further from that stereotype. They have drive, definition, personality and most importantly, drinkability. The Grains de Noirs Cuvée is officially a Vin de Table coming from vineyards mainly just outside the appellation of Cornas. For a wine at this level it’s brilliant and leaves many other Cornas looking sheepish and embarrassed. The straight Cornas comes from various soils which are a mix of sand, granite and limestone. The vines are forty years old. The wine is aged in 600 litre barrels (not new) for around 15 months and bottled unfined but lightly filtered. The punch and vitality is great and really lifts the dark, earthy and spicy flavours. The Cuvée Jana comes from a parcel known as Les Chaillots. The vines are still young at about 17 years of age but the plot is a top one. It is 100% whole cluster and the wine is aged in 600 litre new oak barrels for about 18 months.

Winemaker: Johann Michel

Hectares: 4.17 hectares

Parcels:
Cornas
Cornas Cuvée Jana
Saint-Péray Les Petites
Vin de Table Cuvée Grain Doré
Vin de Table Cuvée Grain Noir

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    This cuvée comes from a terrific plot of fairly young wines planted in the Chaillots lieu dits that produces tiny yields of great quality fruit. There is only 0.3 hectares and only around 125 dozen bottles are made. It is 100% whole cluster and aged in large new oak barrels. The soil here is very granitey and its influence pervades right through both the nose and the palate. A great wine that will get better and better. Drink from 2017

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    In your lifetime you will taste many Cornas that are not as good as this. It comes from a parcel of Syrah right on the border of the appellation yet can only be classified as a humble Vin de Table. However, the quality is fantastic as the wine shows great varietal character and punch. Youthful, energetic and pure it really over delivers. Drink from 2016

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