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Cornas Terre Brûlée, 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%
Each vintage produced by this endearing winemaking couple gracefully illustrates the titanic work carried out here. The 2021 opens with a captivating nose of lavender, rosemary and dried herbs, perfectly expressing the breed of the granite terroir. The fleshy, flavoursome tannins give it an incredible elegance, matched only by its strength and power. A great wine of expression! Guide Vert RVF: 94/100
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Viticulture

The estate is certified organic by Ecocert. No chemical weedkillers are used, and the soil is worked mechanically every year using a caterpillar or a horse. All work is done by hand. Phytosanitary treatments are carried out by hand. The 2.2 hectares in production are planted at a density of 8,000 vines/ha. The vines are 40 to 100 years old and are located in the Mazards, Combes, Chaillot and Brugères districts.

Oenology

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 capon with chestnut confit • Rib of beef with chips • Pan-fried foie gras

Domain
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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