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« The landscape laughs and sings; it is joyful and lively like the wine harvested here. This wine possesses all the same qualities that established the fame of l’Ermitage; and the wines of Cornas are consumed today under the name of Saint-Joseph, without even the most skilled wine tasters being able to discover this trickery ».
In the same year, the decree of the AOC Cornas was published in the Journal Officiel.
Locally, several projects show this period of revival. A handful of enthusiastic, committed winegrowers believe in their appellation. Georges Bessenay is one of these.
Georges Bessenay, born in April 1925, becomes President of the Cornas Wine Production CUMA (Cooperative for the Use of Agricultural Equipment) when it is founded in 1956. He also takes part in creating the Agricultural Cooperative of Oenology in 1958 and the Cooperative for Soil Cultivation in 1959. Georges Bessenay’s work is also found in the establishment of the Syrah and Roussette Fraternity, of which he is the founding-president. Following his demise, an extraordinary meeting is held on 19th June 1971, during which one of the members of the fraternity says: “The Syrah and Roussette Fraternity is still alive and fully active.” Successive accounts given by the Grand Master, Guy de Barjac, by the Grand Chamberlain, Pierre Giry and by the Grand Financier, Roland Came, all agree upon one idea: Georges Bessenay’s work must continue : « It must be our way of paying tribute and to continuing the memory of its dear founding-president (…) We owe him this through friendship and gratitude. Within our Fraternity, he took upon himself all his roles with such dedication. ».
A sign of recognition for this variety, the Fraternity established in 1956 took the name for itself: The Fraternity of the Knights of Syrah and Roussette.
Because the challenge is indeed this: to protect the Cornas winegrowing area.
This decade begins with THE vintage of the Millenium...
« CORNAS, a village, a grape variety, an appellation »,
Quite evidently, the slope marks the character of Cornas. The village news bulletin is named “Cornas, at the foot of the slopes ».
The AOC Cornas inaugurates in 2010 its “Nature Trail to discover the Cornas appellation” and is enhanced by a new certification label: “Vignobles et Découvertes.”.
Recognition for the wines of Cornas continues to grow.…