Thierry Allemand Cornas "Chaillots" 2018 (Cornas, Northern Rhône, France) - [VM 95-96] [DM 95]

Thierry Allemand Cornas "Chaillots" 2018
(Cornas, Northern Rhône, France) - [VM 95-96] [DM 95]


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About the Winery:
Today, there is no more unique figure in the Northern Rhône than Cornas’ Thiérry Allemand. Though not yet in his 50s, he has been mythologized in much the same way as past greats like Noël Verset, Marius Gentaz and August Clape. He created his domaine from scratch, inheriting nothing from his ancestors. And because he also didn’t have a family fortune behind him, much of his domaine was assembled by laboriously restoring abandoned parcels in great terroirs.

Finally, while deeply rooted in the past, Thiérry’s approach to winemaking is uniquely his. He began in the early 1980s by learning at the knees of two Cornas legends, Joseph Michel and Noël Verset, but has gone on to apply a quarter century of personal experience. He has arrived, finally, at a philosophy that, while squarely in the traditional camp, produces wine whose purity and expression of grape variety and place are unrivalled by anyone in Cornas.

About this Wine:
Cornas Chaillot is based on his vines in Chaillot, but it also includes fruit from the domaine’s younger vines, including Reynard.

Techinical Information

Varietal: 100% Syrah
Vine Age: 5 - 40 yrs
Soil Type: Limestone, Granite
Vineyard Area: 2.02 ha

Viticulture & Vinification:
• Farms organically, working steep, terraced vineyards all by hand (no tractor!)
• Dense plantings naturally reduce yields (< 30 hectoliters per hectare)
• All wines are fermented in stainless steel and open-top wooden vats
• Stems left on cluster during fermentation
• Punch-downs by foot
• All wines are vinified separately
• Wines aged in foudres and barriques for 24 months before final blending and bottling
• Finished wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered
• Very low doses of sulfur, sometimes none at all

Ratings & Reviews

95-96 Points - Vinous Media:
"An expansive bouquet displays mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral scents that pick up olive paste, smoky bacon and exotic spice nuances with air. In a concentrated yet lively style, offering appealingly sweet cherry, boysenberry, licorice and candied violet flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a wonderfully long, floral-driven finish shaped by fine-grained, steadily building tannins." - Josh Raynolds (5/2020)

95 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Tasting the finished blend from tank just before bottling, this is rounded, perfumed and measured; a rich, fresh and sunny style of vintage, with a salty finish." - Matt Walls (10/4/2020)