The Dumien family purchased the Patou vineyard in 1925 but there have been Dumiens living in the Cornas region since the early 1500’s. Winemaker Nicholas Serrette is the 4th generation of vignerons to make wines from this tiny vineyard on the steep slopes of the Patou after taking over from his father Gilbert who first made wine from here in 1983. Gilbert, now in his 60’s, insists on personally tending to the vines using organic methods to ensure the highest of quality grapes. Come vintage time, fruit is picked by hand and delivered to the winery within minutes where fermentation takes place using 50% whole bunches and 50% de-stemmed fruit. Prior to completion of ferment, the wines are pressed into a mix of 2 year old to 7 year old oak barrels to mature. In Celtic, Cornas means “burnt earth,” in French it translates to “terres brulee” accurately describing the dry, warm conditions on these steep, rugged granite slopes. Production is less than 300 cases.
"Agreeably old-school style, this has liquorice and herbal bitters on the nose, and is less overtly fruity than some 2018s. A fresh, neat and upright style of Cornas with real impact on the palate, very tight and focussed. Highly saline. There's no excess fat or fruit here, it's all trimmed away to expose the mineral core. Blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, this has intense mineral drive and great freshness. Really exceptional, excellent work coming from this domaine lately. Drinkable now, but will be at its best from 2026. A small domaine of 1.5ha, this is from lieu-dit Patou, southeast facing, partly destemmed, fermented in concrete, aged for a year in barriques." - 95 Points, Decanter
"The 2018 Cornas Patou is head-turning stuff, with thrilling amounts of blue and black fruits, ground herbs, pepper, and beef blood aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it's a rockingly good wine. This cuvée comes from granite soils and very old vines (average of 80 years in age) and is vinified all in concrete and aged in used oak. It’s straight-up classic juice well worth seeking out and cellaring." - 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck