2016 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard #151964651
Based on 4 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 97 points Vinous "Brilliant purple. Dark fruit, floral and spice qualities on the hugely perfumed, expansive nose, along with suggestions of incense, olive and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with powerful, youthfully concentrated blueberry, cassis, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of zesty acidity. Lingers with outstanding tenacity on the sharply delineated, floral-driven finish, which is shaped by chewy, slow-building tannins. (JR)"
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About Thierry Allemand
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.