Guy Farge Cornas – Harmonie (750ml)
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This is a family story that began in 1920, when Henri Farge bought 12 hectares of vines from a Norman general. He cultivated grapes and sold them to the local cooperative cellar, as did his son and his grandson André Farge. Guy Farge was to follow and he took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally he sold his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked). In 2007, he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy’s winemaking prowess. In 2018, after having worked for years alongside his father, Guy’s eldest son Thomas took over the domaine. Thomas keeps the style of the house, and always seeks wines with freshness and terroir. “Summers are getting hotter and hotter, it’s up to us winegrowers to keep the typicality of our terroir,” emphasizes Thomas. Thomas and each bottling represents some of the best this granitic soil.
The bouquet is intense with competing aromas of fruit, flowers and spice. Layers of cherry, blackberry, black pepper, violet, chalk dust and warm earth. The palate has excellent volume, with a silky supple and texture while maintaining great energy from start to finish. The finish is long and savory. Enjoy this powerful red wine with the assertive flavors of game, duck and or aged cheeses.
Most of the 20 hectars of the estate are cultivated in terraces on very steep slopes. The vines are trained using environmentally friendly farming methods, no herbicides and with the use of horses to plough and aerate the soils. The estate owns very old wines in Saint Joseph with some vines older then hundred years. After a hand harvest at optimum maturity, everything is done in the cellar to respect the grapes : use of gravity to move the grapes and must during the winemaking process, minimal mechanical extraction and use of soft pneumatic pumps. Most of the wines are vinified without destemming. The different steps of cellar activities are done following the Lunar calendar.
This wine is made from old vine Syrah grown on granite soils. The grapes are hand harvested and are whole cluster fermented with stems, daily pumping over and racking. The wine ages in 400 liter barrels of 5 wines over 12 months supplemented by 2 months in vats.