2000 Noel Verset Cornas

2000 Noel Verset Cornas

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93 points John Gilman

It has been four years since I last posted a note on the 2000 Verset Cornas, but this is a wine I drink with some frequency, as I had the good sense to buy more than a case of it when it came out. It really is a lovely vintage for Monsieur Verset, as the wine wafts from the glass in a pure and vibrant mélange of black raspberries, cassis, black olives, pepper, a beautiful base of Cornas’ stony soils, a touch of licorice and grilled meats. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very transparent, with a great core of black fruit, superb complexity, moderate tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very, very long and perfectly balanced finish. This has been drinking very well for several years now, but it is not evolving at a particularly fast pace and I am thinking that I will not touch a bottle for several more years, as this may well end up every bit as stellar as the 1985 Verset if it is given enough time in the cellar! 93+  (7/2013)

92 points Vinous

The 2000 Cornas is and an expressive and seductively perfumed wine that displays intense red fruit preserve, potpourri and Indian spice scents and a hint of botanical herbs. Sweet and seamless in texture, it possesses spicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air. Surprisingly dense for the vintage, which was never known for power and depth, it finishes with surprising thrust, silky tannins and lingering smokiness. This is in no danger of heading toward decrepitude. (JR) (1/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

One of my favorite growers, the diminutive Verset, who must be close to 90 years of age, has had an erratic track record over the last few years, (which does nothing to diminish the portfolio of great wines he produced in the seventies and eighties), but the 2000 is a successful effort. Its deep purple color is accompanied by aromas of blackberry liqueur, figs, plums, melted licorice, and scorched earth. Soft and savory, it is a sexy Cornas to enjoy over the next 8-10 years. Bravo! (RP) (6/2003)