Vinous 93 points - (25% new oak): Opaque ruby. Dark berry and floral pastille aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla, cola and smoky Indian spices. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense blueberry and cherry-cola flavors and a building note of smoked meat. The gently tannic finish shows impressive energy and length and a whiplash of juicy dark berries.
Wine Spectator 95 points - Vibrant, with terrific, chiseled cut to the range of briar, anise, blackberry compote, bay leaf, iron and sanguine notes, all wrapped with singed alder and juniper accents on the finish. Pure and driven. Best from 2016 through 2030. From France.J.M. (Aug 27 2014)
Wine Advocate 95 points - Slightly richer and more full-bodied, the 2011 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is certainly a standout in the vintage. Offering a sweet bouquet of black raspberry, cassis, forest floor, cracked pepper and assorted background meatiness, it flows onto the palate with awesome purity of fruit, vibrant acidity and ultra-fine tannin that gives plenty of cut and length on the finish. Spending 20 months in roughly 15% new French oak, this classic Cornas should be given a handful of years in the cellar and it will have two decades or more of ultimate longevity. (Dec 2013)