"Johann Michel continues to produce brilliant wines from the steep, granite infused slopes of Cornas. Both his 2012s, which I raved about last year, and his 2013s are some of the most successful in appellation.” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Hello Wine Lover,
We are excited today to offer our first wine from the Northern Rhone, home to the world’s finest Syrah. Thanks to the likes of August Clape, Thierry Allemand, Robert Michel and Noël Verset, the Cornas region of the Northern Rhone has seen a consistent run up in its stock, both from a quality and a price perspective. The upside to that has been the incentive for a newer generation of winemakers to ply their trade on the steep granite sloped vineyards of Cornas. The downside has been the price of Cornas from these producers and others’ steady rise and in certain cases flying by the three-figure price point. Today we bring you Johann Michel, the nephew of Robert Michel, who bridges the gap, so to speak, with two wines of exceptional quality and great value. Both from the 2103 vintage, we proudly feature Johann’s Cornas and his single vineyard Cornas Cuvée Jana.
This is a first for us at Balanced Wine Selections, one of our wines having received a professional wine review. While we don’t build our relationships with producers on what scores they get, but rather how great we think their wines are, when they have a review we figured we’d share them with you.
Chris & Michael
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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