|Vintage||1997 – 1990|
|Producer||Domaine Noel Verset|
Wine Advocate (WA)
This wine was tasted twice, and I still cannot believe how badly it performed. For much of the seventies and eighties, Verset, along with Clape, produced reference point Cornas (I was an enthusiastic purchaser and drinker of his wines), but he appears to have lost the magic touch as we end the twentieth century. The 1997 Cornas was untastable given the bizarre, woody, musty aromas. It is with considerable regret that I report on this wine given the many fine vintages I have purchased and consumed of Verset’s Cornas. Notes such as this are among the most lamentable aspects of my job. – Robert M. Parker, Jr. – 28-02-1999
Vinous Media (VM)
From another overlooked and often undervalued vintage, the 1997 Cornas shows a surprisingly youthful color, with smoky cherry and raspberry scents and notes of black olive, cracked pepper and pipe tobacco. Spicy, focused and light on its feet, it has silky, vaguely pinot-like texture and very good clarity to its sweet red fruit and spicecake flavors. It finishes bright and nervy, with no obvious tannins and lingering florality. While fully mature I wouldn't be at all surprised to find this wine drinking well ten years from now.