Franck Balthazar has been blessed with the laid-back demeanor necessary to crafting flawless cuvées, as well as with the opportunity to work a 97-year old parcel purchased from Noël Verset, retired Cornas icon. Founded in 1931 by Franck’s grandfather, the estate remains family owned and operated. Today Franck pays homage to his winemaking heritage largely by utilizing traditional methods from the days of old (he even uses horse drawn plow!). He is a purist and a traditionalist, certified organic since 2001, and has perfected his method of cultivation and vinification of Syrah, one of the stars of this region. This unfiltered Syrah-Grenache blend is luxurious, elegant, and expressive, with an unmistakeable sense of place. With its perfect balance of violets, rich plum, black cherry, pepper, spice, and earth, this wine has presence without being overbearing, drinks well above its price point, and fits seamlessly into any occasion.