Franck Balthazar

Balthazar’s wines have quickly ascended to the top ranks of Cornas. The wines’ high elegant style is very well-suited to the ripe 2015 vintage. Made with whole clusters and, basically, no new wood, these are among the appellation’s most graceful wines, regardless of the year, and pricing is a gift compared to what’s going on across the region. Balthazar is blessed with many old vines – plenty of them over a century old – in some of the village’s best sites. JOSH RAYNOLDS