Delicious New Syrah from a Cornas Legend. $32

The Domaine Dumien-Serrette is relatively new to the Ansonia portfolio, but hardly new to their hometown of Cornas — records show Dumiens living there in 1515. Our allocation from this grower last year was so small that it sold out entirely in Futures, and we weren’t able to offer any of their delicious 2016 Cornas from inventory.

This year our allocation grew — along with their excellent 2017 Cornas Patou, we’ve added their other two cuvées: Cornas “Henri,” and Vin de France “Le Moulin.” All three are pure, inky, first-rate syrah — all three from Dumien-Serrette available here.

The Cornas “Henri” will need patience and investment, but the VDF “Le Moulin” requires neither. 2018 is the first vintage of this wine, made from young vines across the Rhône River from Cornas. It’s not as serious as Dumien-Serrette’s authentic Cornas, but we found it hard to put down.

Dumien Serrette’s Vin de France “Moulin” is delightful — a perfect blend of freshness and intensity. It’s raised in 12 year-old barrels, so there are no notes of oak; it’s entirely destemmed, so the tannins are juicy and approachable. The nose shows violets, earth, cassis, and raspberry; the mouth is spiced and juicy, with excellent freshness and gulpable texture.

Moulin offers a glimpse into the terroir in and around Cornas — black fruits, concentrated depth, and a spice-filled palate — but comes in under $35/bot. Fans of Syrah, Cornas, and value take note.


Dumien-Serrette Syrah “Moulin” 2018
bottle price: $32

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