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Cornas Pur Granit, Domaine Lionnet - 2021

  • Provenance: Northern Côtes du Rhône
  • Appellation: Cornas
  • Domain: Lionnet, Terre Brûlée
  • Grape variety(ies): Syrah
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 13%
This is the estate's rare new cuvée! It comes from a single vineyard, Chataignier: one hectare planted in 2008 using massal selection. Situated on the crest of the hillside, just above Chaillot, on the road to Saint-Pierre, the vineyard faces south-east, into the wind. It produces impeccable grapes and, above all, a Cornas of transcendent finesse and purity, fragrant with violets, just like in the old descriptions! Guide Vert RVF: 95/100
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The estate is certified organic by Ecocert. A single parcel of Chataignier: 1 parcel of 1 hectare planted from 2008 using massal selection (70% in Pur Granit, 30% in Terre Brûlée). Located on the crest of the hill, just above Chaillot, on the road to Saint Pierre. Facing south-east and exposed to the wind, the health of the grapes is impeccable.


The estate does not destem the grapes and works with indigenous yeasts. Maceration is long (3 weeks), with several daily foot treadings. The wine is racked into vats. The residual pulp and seeds then pass through the old vertical press. The musts are then stored in vats to undergo malolactic fermentation. Once this is complete, the wine is racked and placed in demi-muids and foudres for two winters. No fining or filtration is carried out.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Roast chestnut with chestnut confit - Simmenthal rib of beef.

Until the middle of the year 2000, there were two Lionnet estates in the commune of Cornas: the Rochepertuis estate, belonging to Jean Lionnet, which no longer exists; and the one called "Terre Brûlée" (Celtic for "burnt earth"), which is discussed here. The Lionnet family has owned vines since 1575. Generations of winegrowers and winemakers have followed one another, up to Pierre Lionnet. Unfortunately, however, he suffered from health problems in the early 2000s and was forced to hand over the reins of the business to his daughter Corinne and son-in-law Ludovic Izerable. The couple took over with the 2001 vintage, following his advice, and the official and complete takeover will be with the 2003 vintage. Over the years and under Pierre's leadership, the estate has decreased in volume, abandoning the most expensive parcels to work or those not retained during the division of the Cornas AOC. Thus, if the grandfather owned five hectares, at the time of Ludovic and Corinne's arrival, the property had only two. After the death of Pierre Lionnet, they banned the use of synthetic products. At the beginning, they planted grass in their vineyards, but the yields fell seriously, even excessively for certain plots. Thus, little by little, they moved towards a less "submissive" organic culture, integrating soil work that allows the vine to be more balanced in its vegetative cycle. With...

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