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Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020

13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WS 94
  • JD 94
  • JS 94
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Wine Description

Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020 is a high-quality Syrah from the Les Chailles vineyard in Cornas, France. With vines aged forty years, this wine is crafted with passion by the esteemed Lionel Fraisse, whose biodynamic methods and skillful winemaking impart intense character and complexity. Its inky purple color and classic notes of plums, iron, Asian spices, and sandalwood tantalize the nose while delivering medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. The ripe tannins provide balance and silky texture with a great finish.

The grapes of this Syrah benefit from their location—the fertile depths of Granite Slopes in Cornas—which provides more vitality to the grapevine than other areas, creating a powerful, balanced vintage. In addition, the close proximity to limestone mountain range Arlettes to the north brings in unique siliceous concretions truly specific to this area. The near-perfect climatic conditions of the 2020 growing season also contribute to this vintage’s remarkable complexity, as do the organic certification of the vineyard and the judicious use of sulphites.

Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020 is a truly remarkable wine and offers immediate appeal. For the purist, however, it’s worth giving the vintage a few years of aging to experience its full potential. In any case, this is a superb Syrah to open and enjoy today!

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (76)

76 reviews for Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020

  1. Eva Russell

    Balanced, good fruit, soft tannins, drying finish. 87-89.

  2. Mary Duff

    Fresh Cornas with red fruit, white pepper, and mineral notes on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with high acidity, medium tannin, and length. Great with food but lacks depth compared to top vintages. (89-90)

  3. Robert Oneil

    Silky tannins, good length. Aromas of bacon fat, smoke, iron, vanilla and mulberry. Black raspberry and bright cherry fruit on the palate, with flowers and spices.

  4. Jonathan Brooks

    “Young and not very tannic, this wine can be enjoyed at a young age. Slightly fruity and floral.”

  5. Lorean Cannon

    Balanced and fresh palate with ripe dark fruits, ink, violet, smoke, and crushed stone on the nose. Nice concentration and finish, slightly lighter structure than other granitic soil wines.

  6. Thomas Lawler

    Rhone Reds from Vintage Wines: Funky initially but smooths out. Animal blood notes with jammy flavors. Balanced, elegant, and firm finish. Excellently acidic – ages well (3-5 years). 13% ABV. 93 pts WS, 92 pts Vinous, 90 pts WA.

  7. Judith Lavelle

    Excellent Syrah for the price point. Nose of sous bois, animalic, red and dark fruit, earthy. Discrete tannins provide structure. Perfect for pairing with great food.

  8. Francis Walker

    ituée sur des terrasses granitiques en limite d´une colline calcaire, cette proximité donne un goût particulier à ce vin. Harmonie, élégance, finesse, fraicheur font de ce vin un petit bijou ! Carafage indispensable pour une dégustation rapide.

  9. Wanda Martinez

    Intensely concentrated with a rich and elegant floral nose, followed by dark earthy notes and a coal finish.

  10. Bobbie Pogozelski

    “Long decanting transforms this wine to a fine delight.”

  11. Kenneth Deatherage

    Young and spicy with liquorice and dark fruit aroma. Ripe fruit, tannins present but beautifully ripe, and a long finish with dark, smoky and meaty taste. Very accessible now.

  12. Mary Dicaprio

    Four Rhone Wines: Black cherries, currants, smoky, herbal, savory. Medium-bodied, serious grip, vibrant acidity. Cool black cherries, tart plums, black pepper, charcoal, roasted meat, bacon fat, black olive. Tight but seriously good. 40-year-old vines.

  13. Margie Elston

    Needs aging.

  14. Derek Burdick

    Typical syrah, needs air, but okay.

  15. Cathy Jeronimo

    Review: A youthful wine with dark berries, herbs, and spices. Needs cellaring until 2025+ to show elegance. 91-92++.

  16. Caroline Jaramillo

    Dark purple with blackberry, black currant, smoke, crushed stone, a hint of savory meat and olive. Very good concentration and depth with smooth tannins. Nice option for younger Cornas.

  17. Leon Shell

    Closed nose that never opens, but balanced mouthfeel with silky tannins. Not a concentrated 2015 wine. Leaves you wanting more, hoping it just needs time to open up.

  18. Jennifer Martinez

    Good QPR at retail, but overpriced in Beijing restaurant. Fresh and young, worth trying again in a few years. Admirable producer.

  19. Dustin Williams

    Enjoyable wine experience with fine tannins, blueberry minerality, and balanced acidity.

  20. Chance Davis

    Rustic meat and mushroom aromas with juicy dark berry and plum flavors. Creamy texture, moderate acidity, and considerable tannin. Needs time to mature. Very good.

  21. Margaret Guzman

    High-quality wine with fresh smoke, plum, rosemary, and lavender aroma, and layers of char, sweet red plum, craggy stone, and caramel flavor. Medium-weight, pairs well with slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Nice acidity and firm tannin. Moderately long finish of red and black fruit cut with stone.

  22. Joanne Savoy

    Cornas wine – lower slopes, granitic soil. Nose is meaty, palate is fruity with brisk acidity. Needs food and time.

  23. William Arana

    Tight and unyielding, with ripe dark fruit, minerals, violet, smoke, and pepper on the nose. Palate is smothered with tannins and needs a few years to settle back in. Enjoyable with food.

  24. Jolene Choice

    Tight and tannic at Sartre, not much pleasure. Opened up and softened at home with scents of violet and pomegranate. Needs five years to settle and develop.

  25. Maurice Bradley

    Ripe and meaty with lots of structure. Very good length. Approachable and charming young, 91+ point potential.

  26. Donald Boteilho

    Excellent Syrah with a profound peppery and terroir sensation. Long, tightly acid, and perfectly balanced. Coravined.

  27. Lisa Phillips

    Improved with decanting. Blueberries, violets and berries on nose and palate. Bright and fruit-driven.

  28. Jerry Morgan

    After P&P’ing, an expressive & complex nose – black pepper, iron & slightly underripe berries. In the mouth the wine starts intensive, full bodied with returning aromas of pepper, iron, “blood” & red berry-fruit. Slightly coarse mouthfeel with ripe tannins & medium+ length make it an interesting wine where you long for a next sip. Complex wine with a personality of its own, already very enjoyable now. And with enough body & acidity to age.

  29. Charles Hiett

    Impressive wine with raspberry and white pepper aroma, full-bodied with raspberries and liquorice taste, good balance and acidity. Needs aging. Not a good value. ($70 NZ)

  30. Robin Jensen

    Good: Dark berries, pepper, polished tannins, medium body, good length. It was delicious.

  31. Randal Treadwell

    Deep red-purple color with a strong aroma of blueberry, pepper, smoke, and rosemary. Soft start, concentrated fruit, and balanced with clear tannins. Drinkable now with some airing.

  32. Jason Garcia

    Balanced and medium-weight, with a gentle liquorice nose followed by floral notes. Better than St. Joseph Cotes.

  33. Brandon Kerr

    Delicious and full-bodied with concentrated dark fruit, plums, cherries, orange peel, leather, and a peppery finish. Soft tannins make it very drinkable now.

  34. Charlotte Grant

    Smoke and dark cherry on the nose. Too tight on day 1 and a bit thin. Day 2 improved with softer tannins and better mouthfeel, but still not my style. High acidity.

  35. Kathleen Sorell

    Rich and extracted with boysenberry, blackberry, chocolate mint, sage, grilled meat, and a hint of violet. Well-made and balanced but a bit “modern.” Similar to Aalto PS, a concentrated tempranillo, but too “Parkerized.” Syrah version of the same concept. Best paired with grilled dark meats or wild boar bolognese. Decant for 90 minutes.

  36. James White

    Drinkable now with a 20-minute decant. Can age longer. Promising for future cuvees.

  37. Robert Wolf

    A textbook Northern Rhone syrah with black pepper, olives, and violets on the nose. Leather, smoked meat, and olives on the palate with velvety tannins. Good to drink young.

  38. Joe Kinne

    Smooth, well-balanced wine with no obvious flaws. Near perfect acidity and medium body with raspberry and pepper notes. Could score higher with optimal drinking conditions and more aging.

  39. Emma Cooley

    Delightful French Syrah, fruity and straightforward with a good tannic grip and acidity. Excellent fruit balance. 2015 vintage more concentrated, requires aging.

  40. George Hancock

    Cellar the wine for a few years before enjoying it again. The 2017 is more open for business tonight.

  41. Stephen Phillips

    Promising nose of ripe bramble berries, smoked meat, crushed stone, violet, and sanguine notes. Tannins overpowering but with potential. Needs 5+ years to re-emerge.

  42. Richard Pass

    Geoff’s NYE wine was a fun blind tasting experience. It had a deep purple color with dark berry and licorice flavors. Likely too young, but close to a US Syrah.

  43. Donnie Johnson

    2018 vintage is unapproachable, needs rest.

  44. Hallie Volz

    Mushroom, red and black fruits, and leather notes.

  45. Benny Dupree

    Decant for an earthy and spicy experience.

  46. Anita Pasche

    Young with dark fruit, licorice, and pepper notes. Needs time to open up; decant for at least 4 hours. Best enjoyed between 2025 and 2040.

  47. Salvador Isom

    Alain Voge’s wine paired well with Thai cuisine. Deep purple color with black cherry, raspberry, and smoke notes. Smooth with nice tannins, but lacks depth. Enjoyable nonetheless.

  48. Martin Watson

    Balanced and authentic with friendly tannins. Ready for business. #Malling Kro.

  49. Dorthy Leidall

    Great Rhone wine with deep ruby/purple color, blackberry, red plum, black plum, violet, and pepper aroma. High acidity, refined tannins, full body, and medium-plus finish. Improves with time. Good value for money.

  50. Ethel Jackson

    Fruit forward nose with ripe berry fruit and spice. Palate is lush with hints of cassis and plum. New world style Rhone with little complexity.

  51. Gretchen Wedge

    Youthful and affordable, with bright red fruit, raw meat, lavender, and earthy notes. Needs time to mature, but structured and acidic.

  52. Robin Hamilton

    Excellent bottle with rich dark fruit, hints of smoke and spice, and good acidity for the vintage.

  53. Michael Speed

    Great fruitiness but needs to rest for balance and secondary tones. Good.

  54. Michael Atwood

    Black cherry, olive tapenade, grilled meat with overall good balance, slightly lighter than I expected base don when tasted pre-bottling in 2019. Tannins mostly integrated, this comes across as bright and nicely accessible. Drinking well young, I expect this will put on weight with more cellar time.

  55. Alyson Chavez

    Disappointing wine with pleasant aroma, thin body, crushed fruit, short finish. Pre-decanted but still underwhelming for the reputation of the domain.

  56. Mary Osborne

    Ripe and slightly sweet. Ready to drink, no need to cellar.

  57. Bianca Brinson

    2017 Cornas from Coravin: Lovely primary fruit dominates, a must-try.

  58. Elizabeth Brown

    Excellent Cornas from Voge – dark, dense ruby color with a terrific nose of cassis, plums, cherries, meat, smoke, white pepper, and regional herbs. Medium-bodied, rich, and multi-faceted palate with vivid acidity, juicy, gamey, and smoky. Superb taste and complex finish. WOW!

  59. Thelma Siggers

    What a fruit! Can’t wait for the next one…

  60. Jennifer Jimenez

    “Animal and ample with flavors of smoked meats, blackberries, leather, tapenade, and pepper. Medium-length finish with hints of minerals.”

  61. Angela Nixon

    Floral and open with smoked meat notes. Transforms into ripe red fruit, violets and white. Light to medium bodied with great elegance. Affordable and better than overripe/oaked Cornas.

  62. Carlos Bauer

    Balanced and fruity, this dark wine has notes of blueberry, blackberry, dark berries, violet and herbs. No smoky or bacon flavors. Uncertain future.

  63. Carlos Sartain

    Wine club explores Rónardalur. Notes of cherry, blueberry, and earth. Paired with chocolate truffles, 91-92 points. Best wine of the event. ganache and Granite fruits ronges et violette pairings were enjoyable. Latter pairing was better.

  64. Simone Ayaia

    “Medium-bodied wine with dark berries, balanced tannins and a solid structure. Finish compensates for one-dimensional complexity.”

  65. Erich Leon

    Color: Dark and delicious. Aromas: Charcuterie, leather, ripe berries, and mushrooms. Taste: Medium-bodied, elegant, complex with silky tannins. Overall: Mature, resilient and balanced with a long and elegant finish.

  66. Robin Carrere

    Meaty nose with a hint of leather and deep cherry skins. Ripe cherries, chunky tannins, high acid and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Very nice.

  67. Dennis Haas

    The 2015 “Les Chailles” is a powerful and bone-dry wine with a feral quality and a long finish. It’s a great choice to drink now but will be even better after 2025, with the potential to be enjoyable past 2030.

  68. Nancy Simmions

    Juicy red and dark berries with good acidity and sticky tannin. Some tasters thought it was too old. No score.

  69. Bertha Garcia

    Firm and young. Give it 5 years to relax and open up.

  70. Jacob Gray

    Velvety finish with dark fruit and black pepper notes. Enjoyable now for a 2019 wine.

  71. Emogene Perez

    Cornas: Big, dense and inky with raw meat and olive notes. Approachable with decant. Balanced with good acidity and chalky minerality.

  72. Cassandra Long

    Expressive and pure, with blackberry, black pepper, wet leaves, minerality, and black olive. Animalistic VA action adds to its appeal. Good tannin structure, but not a bruiser. A classic Cornas, not Saint Joe or Crozes. Approachable and chuggable, but needs a few more years to reach its apogee. Harmonious aroma and flavor profiles.

  73. Brain Walls

    Consumed over 2 days, stored in Vin du Somm, note from day 2. Appearance: Clear, medium ruby. Nose: Clean, medium intensity with developing aromas of smoke, dark fruit – cassis and black raspberry, black olive, and garrigue. Palate: Dry, medium+ acid, medium tannin, medium+ body, medium intensity, 13.0% abv with flavors of under-ripe dark red fruit, black pepper, and garrigue with a medium finish. Overall a good wine with good intensity and complexity, slightly under-ripe on the palate.

  74. Kelly Small

    Powerful nose of spices, blood, pepper, and dark fruit that evolves in the glass. Balanced and very enveloping on the palate. Drink now or in 5 years. Buy by the case!

  75. Rachel Sweene

    Bottle is skunked.

  76. JD

    Moving to the reds, the 2020 Cornas Les Chailles comes from slightly younger vines and is all destemmed and aged in used barrels for 18 months. Deep purple-hued, with slightly reticent notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, iron, and violets, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, wonderful purity of fruit, silky tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to have some up-front appeal, but smart money will give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator
Dark and alluring yet also pretty, with expressive violet, dried lavender and blackberry paste built atop an underlying freshness. Concentrated on the palate, with balsamic, black pepper and subtle iodine building on the meaty, plump character. A beam of iron and firming tannins dry out the finish, though this is drinking great now. Drink now through 2032.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the reds, the 2020 Cornas Les Chailles comes from slightly younger vines and is all destemmed and aged in used barrels for 18 months. Deep purple-hued, with slightly reticent notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, iron, and violets, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, wonderful purity of fruit, silky tannins, and a great finish. It's going to have some up-front appeal, but smart money will give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar.
JS 94
James Suckling
Deep, brilliant ruby. Vibrant, smoke-accented dark berries, candied flowers, licorice and olive are showcased on the perfumed nose. Sappy, penetrating and chewy in the mouth, offering gently sweet blackberry, cherry-cola and baking spice flavors that show sharp definition and mineral lift. Expressive and lively in style, with polished tannins building steadily on a very long, floral-accented finish. Roughly 20% whole clusters.

What does Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2020 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

green apple

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon


cheese, cream


fig, dried fruit, black raisin

violet, lavender, dried flowers

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