A superb deep black cherry color. Complex and elegant aromas of spices, violets, black fruit and vanilla. The palate is powerful and structured with notes of black fruit, herbs, white pepper and blueberry.Delicious with game such as duck, hare or pigeon but also perfect with roasted entrecote steak.
Wine Spectator – 92 points
This has a dark, muscular edge, with smoldering charcoal and warm iron notes leading the way for a core of steeped black currant and blackberry fruit. The finish rumbles along, presenting some slightly chewy grip. The ample freshness and flesh throughout bodes well for cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90+ points
The 2013 Cornas les Ruchets comes all from the Chaillot lieu-dit (I believe Les Ruchets refers to a specific parcel within the vineyard), and was raised in a combination of new and older barrels. Giving up lots of mostly red fruits intermixed with complex notes of peppery herbs, potpourri and spring flowers, it’s medium plus-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured on the palate with a tight, slightly backwards feel. It needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years, at which point it should drink nicely for a decade.