2011 Cornas, Les Reynards, Domaine Thierry Allemand

2011 Cornas, Les Reynards, Domaine Thierry Allemand

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2011 Cornas, Les Reynards, Domaine Thierry Allemand

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This wine shows every sign of being a superb Reynards and it is the product of 3separate lots (with clay, decomposed granite and pure granite to the fore). Tannic and powerful, with concentrated fruit, balanced acidity and excellent length, this already boasts the structural integrity which will underwrite future greatness.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer

Remote and maybe somewhat aloof, the magus of Cornas seems well placed in his winery, which is located at an altitude of 400 metres on the St Romain-de-Lerps plateau. Thierry compares 2011 to 2004, a vintage which took some time to put on weight in barrel, and he was kind enough to illustrate his point most convincingly. This, it seems, has now happened, without forsaking the initial finesse. The harvest was relatively early, but with more normal (that is to say 29 hl/hr) yields than its immediate predecessor and, for that matter than 2012, which promises to be a very modest crop here and elsewhere in the Valley.
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Domaine Thierry Allemand

Domaine Thierry Allemand

Thierry Allemand one of the protégées of the now retired Robert Michel, is assuming the role of de facto wine master of the somewhat underrated village of Cornas.

Despite their precipitous nature, the slopes of Cornas are sheltered from the Mistral; their vines ripen earlier and their wines have a distinctive, powerful character.

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Cornas

Cornas

Cornas is a small appellation, just 150 hectares, located south of St Joseph. It’s on the west side of the river. The name “Cornas” comes from an old Celtic dialect term, meaning “burnt land”, so it’s no surprise that on the steep terraces here, facing south, temperatures are significantly higher than those in Hermitage, which is just 7km away.

The granite soils are home to the Syrah grape, producing reds that sit somewhere between those of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These are strong and powerful wines, with nervy acidity and a robust, rustic charm to them. Their prominent tannins mean that they often demand time in the cellar to express their underlying elegance and complexity.

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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