The nose wanders a stimulating path of violets, black berries, with acetate still in play: this is serious, is a deep bouquet. There are airs of black cherries and licorice, and some mystery adds provocation. The palate wells up with an abundant offer of black berry fruit, a note of prune; the tannins are ripe, and leave a little powder. There is an aromatic thread that is delicately placed along its run. Very good, cosy and wholesome, harmonious wine. It can be drunk from spring 2016, for example, thanks to its balance. Decanting a definite option. “It is a beau vintage,” Franck Balthazar. [John Livingston/drinkrhone.com, June 2015]
Franck Balthazar: “in 600-ltr demi-muids blijven de geparfumeerde aroma’s van de wijn beter bewaard dan in 225-ltr barrique.“ 2014 Is very similar to 2004”.
John Livingston/drinkrhone.com: “Has a curvy, supple fruit aroma, a tender air of raspberry and blackberry. There is a little more to give behind that current façade. The palate is aromatic, quietly sunny, round. This is spherical Cornas with mild tannins, squeezy fruit. It is enjoyable, without barrier to entry. The fruit resembles black berry, light blackcurrant. The tannins are extremely soft and implanted, and there is a nice lap of late fruit on the exit.” [June 2015]
WineAdvocate/ Jeb Dunnuck: notes relate to Chaillot Sans Souffre 2014 “While I’m not a fan of the san soufre movement, the 2014 Cornas Sans Soufre Ajouti from Balthazar is certainly a beautiful wine that I’d happily drink any day. A forward, sexy and nicely concentrated effort, its deep ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a classic, meaty, bloody bouquet of black currants, iodine, white pepper and gamy olive brine, as well as other exotic characteristics that only come from this sensational appellation! It doesn’t disappoint on the palate either and is medium to full-bodied, rounded, textured and beautifully balanced, with juicy acidity and a great finish. As I’ve said in the past, I wouldn’t age any of these san soufre bottling and would plan on drinking this over the coming 2-4 years. 93/100