On the steep, granite terraces of Cornas, Thierry Allemand has waged a quiet revolution. During the 1980s when most of the wines of the appellation were farmed conventionally and sold off to négociants, Thierry began slowly purchasing small parcels of Syrah that had fallen into disrepair. Slowly, he introduced organic farming practices, reinforced terraces and replanted entire vineyards. Today, he farms five hectares and does all the vineyard work by hand and is now the one of the appellation’s most celebrated producers.
In the spirit of contemporaries like Marcel & Mathieu Lapierre and Didier Barral, Thierry is committed to natural fermentations and little to no additional doses of sulfur. He ferments each parcel separately in whole clusters, in open-topped oak and stainless steel cuves, punching the cap down traditionally by foot. He then ages the wines in a combination of oak barrels and foudres for up to 24 months before blending. He finishes by bottling the finished wines unfined and unfiltered. Muscular and penetrating yet fragrant and finessed, the wines of Thierry Allemand will change what you think you know about Syrah.
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