Domaine Edmond Cornu
Regional Red 750 ml
Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
Note: note that this cuvée will be labeled as Les Barrigards for the US market
Producer note: Pierre Cornu humorously described the 2017 growing season as “oof and finally!” He was making reference to the potentially fatal bullet dodged with the April frost scare and the relief with finally having a vintage that delivered good yields. He went on to say that “we burned wet hay on the 29th of April and while I’m sure that made us all feel better, it’s not clear whether it was the smoke we created or the lower levels of humidity that made the difference in the end. Either way, I’m more than relieved to say that we suffered no frost damage to speak of. After that the season was pretty straightforward as the vines had just enough of everything and not too much of anything. Moreover the relatively dry conditions prevented disease pressure from developing though it did engender a bit of hydric stress in certain parcels. It was clear that yields were going to be high and I was afraid that they might be too high so we dropped some fruit here and there. Even with the still relatively generous yields we obtained solid phenolic maturities and potential alcohols were good at between 12.5 and 13% for the pinot. The vinifications were easy and the malos finished quickly leaving the post-malo pHs at a perfectly acceptable level of 3.5 to 3.6. I like the 2017 vintage as it’s classically styled and should offer much pleasure including some wines that should drink very well young.” Cornu noted that for those wines that are bottled were put there in August 2018. I found the quality of the Cornu 2017s to be consistently good if not outstanding compared to what I generally found elsewhere in the Côte de Beaune. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, NY, USA; McKinley Vintners, www.mckinleyvintners.co.uk, UK).
Tasting note: A high-toned and attractively fresh nose reflects notes of essence of red pinot fruit along with plenty of earth influence. The lighter weight, delicious and vibrant flavors exude a refreshing salinity on the mildly rustic finale. To enjoy young.