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LVT 2018 r An STGT domaine. The wines express their place faithfully with tender winemaking in support. Old vine fruit is a key contributor, the base of the wine the old family vineyard bought in 1930 on Chaillot. This is a classic example of Cornas that carries clear fruit and early tannins requiring 3-4 years to settle. There are four bottlings each vintage, so cask ageing time can vary. Franck has worked organically since 2010 and this status became official in 2013. In 2013 he planted Roussanne on 0.315 hectare at Saint-Péray, on Clarençon close to Cornas, land that was overgrown. Since 2012 Franck [pictured right, with Guillaume Gilles left] has also produced 1,600 to 2,400 bottles of SO2 free Cornas, made from young vines on La Lègre. This was a ****(*) wine of high interest and purity in 2018. It can live past 10 years if stocked in stable conditions, with little variation in cellar temperature.

In 2015 Franck started a small merchant business, whereby he buys in Syrah crop from St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and the Côtes du Rhône (50% Grenache, 45% Syrah, Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan). There are 1,500 bottles of Crozes (from La Roche-de-Glun) and 1,000 bottles of St-Joseph (from Mauves), while the Côtes du Rhône comes from Séguret. He also now has a new, spacious cellar near the railway tracks.

Franck Balthazar 8 rue des Violettes 07130 Cornas

Tel: +33(0)475 80 01 72


Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Norway, Australia, Belgium - before was 1) Quebec 2) Japan 3) Belgium

Percentage Exported: 60%

British Importers: Stone, Vine & Sun, Twyford, Hampshire www.stonevine.co.uk Caves de la Pyrène, Fields Morris & Verdin A & B Vintners Ltd Little Tawsden Spout Lane Brenchley Kent TN12 7AS +44(0)1892 724 977 www.abvintners.co.uk info@abvintners.co.uk Germany: Finkenweine Dr Lutz Krämer Kaulbachstr.6 14612 Falkensee +49 3322 232501 +49 177 7191700 www.finkenweine.de info@finkenweine.de

USA Importers: Savio Soares Selections 10 Jay Street suite 722 Brooklyn NY 11201 +1718 797 4114 www.savinho.com savio@selections.com