Alain Verset Cornas Protegee 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A very good Rhone Syrah.

Producer/Winery: Alain Verset; Cornas, France.

Grape Variety: Syrah.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Cornas; Rhone Valley, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: €30.00 ($32.70)

Purchased From: Antic Wine; Lyon, France.

Paired With: Lamb bolognese.


    Opened and decanted before drinking. Clear, very dark purple/garnet color with a lighter purple rim. Plum and blackberry fruit aromas along with whiffs of black olives, peppercorns and an unusual hint of menthol. Smooth entry, peppery, extroverted and brawny mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. By the last pour it was inundated with flavors dominated by olive and crisp bacon, and to a lesser extent plum, boysenberry and black cherry fruit. An abundance of bright acidity, soft initial tannins and a finish filled with unfolding tannins, tar and a burly peppery taste. This was a wine that greatly improved from the first sip to the last and when we bought it we were told it was good now, but would improve with more age…unfortunately we bought it to drink now!!! Wonderful paired with the lamb tastes and “not bad” sipping without food. We thought it was a very good Rhone Syrah.

Alain Verset at the Cornas wine fair
Photo from Rhône Wine Tours.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.