A Christmas gift for Cornas

There must be a lot of cheer in the Cornas vineyards, these days. Especially around Les Mazards, one of the top sites in the appellation, where an urbanization project had been planned, much to the vignerons’ dismay.

I received an e-mail, yesterday, from the Association Cornas les coteaux d’abord, proudly announcing that the special commissioner who had been appointed by the government to examine the project to build appartments in the midst of 100-year-old vines in this remarkable vineyard, had given a negative opinion. The mayor, Gilbert Garnier, who had been promoting the project, announced that he would abide by the commissioner’s judgment and that the project would be shelved.

The whole controversy had generated a lot of interest, on this blog and all over the wineblogosphere. Apparently, the online reactions (and online petition) did generate actual pressure that contributed to resolving the situation favorably for the winemaking community in Cornas. Score one for the online wine community. But mostly, congratulations to Vincent Paris and Bernard Giné and all the vignerons in Cornas who got together and mounted this successful campaign to protect an important heritage. I was glad to modestly contribute.

I can’t wait to open a bottle of Cornas, drink it to their health and success, and rejoicing in the fact that there will be more to come from Les Mazards and Auguste Clape’s old vines, among others.

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  1. Cornas is a small victory; just move a little further south and you already have entire swathes of seaside Provence wiped out for tourist development.

    For that matter, what we now call Silicon Valley has seen a vine or two in its day. Alas!

  2. A very good comment from Mr Essman. There is pressure on vineyards in many regions of the world, through development, transportation and tourism projects, among other things. Even Bordeaux vignerons had to fight a highway project that would have cut straight through the Margaux appellation. More work is needed, it seems.


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