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, (more…)

More news from Cornas

Here’s a short follow up on my two previous posts (here’s the first one, and here is the second one) regarding the Cornas municipality’s plan to develop the Les Mazards vineyards by ripping up 100-year-old vines and setting up buildings instead.

According to recent communications received from the Association Cornas les coteaux d’abord (Cornas vineyards first, literally translated), the fight is getting organized and being played out at the local, regional and political level. The Association is contesting the development plans submitted by the municipality, and has succeeded in getting a “commissaire enquêteur” (investigating commissionner – again, my poor translation) to come to Cornas for three days to hear what people have to say about the project. A local member of the National Assembly has sided with the association, and the region’s Conseiller Général is also coming to town this week to hear more about the situation.

It seems like a tough fight, though. The municipality seems to want to finalize approval for the project before the end of the year – which is also, interestingly enough, before the next municipal elections in March 2008. Lots of work to do in order to stop this: in total, 3.5 hectares of prime vineyard could be affected, it seems, and built up with 4-story buildings in an area where there are only individual houses, so far.

If you feel like joining in to this struggle to save these vineyards (including some by legendary producer Auguste Clape), you’ll find the instructions for adding your voice to the petition launched by the association or for writing the mayor of Cornas in my previous posts.

Published in: on September 3, 2007 at 10:56 pm  Comments (1)  

More about the Cornas struggle over Les Mazards vineyards

After writing my post, last week, about the Cornas mayor’s plans for erecting big buildings in the middle of his commune’s prestigious vineyards, I read more about the whole crazy thing on JancisRobinson.com. She mentions that you could join an e-mail petitition by simply writing to Vincent Paris, the copresident of the local producers’ association. The address is: vinparis@wanadoo.fr. And the e-mail should say something like:

Sauvez les Mazards! En tant qu’amateur de vin, je suis contre le projet d’urbanisation à Cornas.

Do include your name, address, e-mail address and, if you want, your profession.

I did write Vincent Paris, and he answered me with thanks, pointing out to me that Les Mazards is an exceptional site with hundred year old vines, and that he and his colleagues are ready to go to court, if need be, to make sure the project doesn’t go ahead.

So do join in, if you believe protecting such an exceptional patch of viticultural heritage matters. And even if you add your name to the online petition, that shouldn’t stop you from dropping an actual note, by actual post (you know, with stamps, paper, and all that stuff), to Gilbert Garnier, the mayor of Cornas. He apparently doesn’t have an e-mail address…

Published in: on August 8, 2007 at 2:54 am  Comments (1)