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2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu-Dit Patou" Cornas

SKU #1457477 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A ripe, sexy wine loaded with cassis, graphite, new leather, camphor, and ground herb aromas and flavors, the full-bodied, 2017 Cornas Patou has brilliant concentration, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This rich, powerful Cornas doesn't pull any punches yet stays balanced, pure, and just shines on all accounts.  (12/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and juicy, with lots of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit pumping through, laced liberally with anise, savory, cast iron and singed alder notes. The fruit and grip meld steadily through the finish. Very focused. (JM)  (10/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Cornas Lieu-Dit Patou looks to be a carbon copy of the 2016, with just a touch more precision in its notes of crushed stone, beef blood, cassis and raspberries. It's similarly full-bodied, rich and tannic, with a long, velvety finish that bodes well for the future.  (10/2018)

92-93 points Vinous

 Dark purple. A complex, deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, potpourri and olive paste, along with an exotic spice nuance that builds with air. Displays impressive energy to its deeply pitched, mineral-tinged black/blue fruit and floral pastille flavors, which steadily become more spicy with air. Finishes alluringly sweet and very long, with chewy tannins framing blackberry and cherry preserve notes. (aged for a year in oak barrels, 15% of them new) (JR)  (7/2019)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of sarsaparilla and spiced red plums and a cedary oak thread. The palate has a sleek, composed and assertive feel with a long, succulent and spicy finish. Very open, plush and plump. Drinkable now, but best from 2023. (TS)  (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Ferraton, under the guidance of Michel Chapoutier, has created a range of stunning Lieu-Dit bottlings that emulates more the style of Burgundy with these beautiful Cru bottlings. Patou comes from the southern part of the Cornas appellation planted on steep slopes over decomposed granite. This fully south facing slope is one of the earliest ripening sites in their holdings. Made from 100% Syrah it is vinified in concrete vats and ages for about 12-14 months in barrel (about 10% new). This is one of the deepest and richest wines from this line. Another beautiful near-naked expressions of these tremendous terroirs.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2020 | Send Email
Along with all the other Lieu-Dit bottlings, the Patou is something really exceptional. This is a rich and full throttle Cornas that has so much going for it now, you will be hard pressed not to enjoy it. It's hard to insist that you wait when this wine delivers so much heft and joy now, but think of the potential. Hide a bottle or two away if you can. This is a stunner!

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2020 | Send Email
One aromatic sip of this elemental, soulful wine will transport you to the steep, sun- swept vines that anchor the slopes and hillsides of Cornas, their thirsty roots twisting deep into the decomposed granite soils for sustenance. A line from the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas- 'the force that through the green fuse' summons the animating power that flows from this stylish, well-knit Northern Rhone Syrah. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, framboise, black olives and a good whiff of tar engage the senses, with lingering grip on the tannins. Uncork and enjoy with hearty stews, or hold for a decade to embellish the innate beauty of this special bottle of wine.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2020 | Send Email
Cornas delivers one of my favorite expressions of Syrah in the world. There is an energy and lift to these wines that balance the savory elements. This wine delivers all that I love about this region. The fruit is bright and lifted with more red tones mixed into the dark fruits. There is a core of pure fruit on the palate that is surrounded by spice and dark earthy savory tones. The wine has a long finish and all of the flavors keep being drawn across the palate. Delicious and intriguing.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2020 | Send Email
Of the Ferraton “Lieu Dit” series of wines we tasted, the Cornas is the most brooding and structured of the trio. There’s real pedigree in these steep slopes of decomposed granite. This south facing site is able to capture enough sun in order to fully ripen the grapes resulting in wines of outstanding purity and richness. The grapes are macerated in concrete vats and aged in oak (10% new) for 12 – 14 months. The wine is dark red/purple. There’s ripe currant and blueberry aromatics followed by a powerful and dense structure on the palate. Lock this one away in your cellar for a good 7-10 years. If you can’t wait, decant for a good hour or two in advance. It’s a lot of wine for the money.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2020 | Send Email
Has a hint of that sour plum, among more savory tones. There’s a clear polish to this wine, with a silky texture and tannins that creep towards the finish. I am totally impressed by this wine. There’s a handful of producers in Cornas these days who are doing flashy, drink-sooner-rather than later styles that are charming, sure, but lack the profound character of Cornas. This is the real deal. This is Cornas done right.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2020 | Send Email
The nose of this wine gives me the sense of darkness, it's brooding bass notes, a cauldron of boiling tar accented with hints of spice. On the palate this wine shows lots of structure, and a bit of grit. The finish boils up the dense tar and repeats the spicy notes and the tannins let you know this is a wine for your cellar...but it will reward your aging.

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