I just read something unbelievable on a Vinography post by Alder Yarrow. Apparently, the mayor of Cornas has decided that he wants a 4 or 5-story building erected on a site called Les Mazards, in the middle of the top vineyard sites in this remarkable appellation. This decision would entail the construction of an access road through some of the best vineyards of Auguste Clape, one of Cornas’ most renowned producers. John Livingstone-Learmonth, probably the world’s greatest expert on the Rhône region, also rang the alarm about this situation.
Both suggest that a note can be dropped to the mayor of Cornas, Gilbert Garnier, to tell him a thing or two about this outrageous proposition. I’m certainly planning to put pen to paper and to send my thoughts to:
Monsieur Gilbert Garnier
Le Maire de Cornas
Mairie de Cornas
The situation is a useful reminder that the wine world’s greatest sites cannot be taken for granted, and that they are not immune from threats. A similar kind of fight has taken place in Margaux, in the Bordeaux region, against plans for a new highway that would have gone through this legendary appellation. Many excellent vineyards in lesser-known appellations will probably be ripped up as France and Europe try to resolve their overproduction (or is that underselling?) problem.
Local producers and wine-lovers have to rise up to protect and enhance such remarkable heritage which cannot be moved elsewhere. And the Syndicat des producteurs in Cornas is doing just that. So it’s certainly worth lending them a hand.