Cornas is at the bottom of North Rhone valley producing only 100% Syrah. Steep slopes vines are planted on a decomposed granitic soil, locally called "gore". Alain Voge his one of the finest producer in this small appellation, all his harvest is done by hand usually being in the middle of september. Grapes are destemmed, fermentation is carried out in a small stainless steel vats (30 to 50 hl) with temperature control. Ageing is done in cask.
I recently drank Les Chailles 06 which means the grapes are coming of a parcel of Syrah with an average of 30 years old on granitic terrace bordering a calcareous hill. This soil gave particular siliceous concentration called "Les Chailles" with a great grafite and dusty character on the nose and palate.
My 2006 was clear with medium purple intensity with very light orange on the rim, concentration and viscosity was intense and elegant, the nose was dusty earthy and mineral, grafite, charcoal, granitic with forest floor and black mushroom; the wine was in balance with a lovely body, pleased acidity and extremely mineral; the evidence of oak was so integrated with the fruit with distinctive armory.