2018 Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas, Rhone Valley, France (750ml)

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For over 15 years, Allemand has created a new Cornas paradigm, largely following traditional methods, but turbocharged with his own unique gifts and philosophies. Having worked with Verset and Joseph Michel-another classicist-Allemand’s methods are rooted in tradition; yet he is fiercely independent.

He classically does not de-stem and eschews new oak. But he differs from his elders by minimizing sulphur and not racking. He believes that excessive sulphur is the reason for the tarry aromas and hard tannins found in other producers’ Cornas.

Today, Allemand has ten acres of vines in the heart of Cornas. Here, where the soil is most granitic, he farms 30-year-old vines in Chaillots and 70- to 100-year-old vines in Reynard. Both sites have steep, south-facing slopes, but Chaillots’ clay produces more structured wines than the mineral Reynard. Extreme vine densities assure low yields and great concentration.

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