2017 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Pur GranitSyrah / Shiraz from France
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The domaine is quite small, only 2.2 hectares at the moment (additional vineyards will be added to the domaine shortly enabling the Domaine Lionnet to also produce a Saint Jose...
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The 2017 Cornas Pur Granit is a smaller production release that's all from granite soils and was brought up in used demi-muids. It offers more iron and bloody notes (which is classic Granit) intermixed with notes of new leather, scorched earth, burning embers, and both red and black fruits. Rich, full-bodied, and tannic, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age but will be a long-lived Cornas.
The domaine is quite small, only 2.2 hectares at the moment (additional vineyards will be added to the domaine shortly enabling the Domaine Lionnet to also produce a Saint Joseph). The vineyards are organically farmed and are certified as such by “Ecocert”. The vineyards are divided into four separate parcels across four distinct lieu-dits: Mazards, Combes, Chaillot and Brugeres. The vines are all between the ages of 40 and 100 years! Each parcel is harvested separately and vinification is done parcel by parcel as well. The harvest, of course, is manual with a severe selection being done in the vineyard. The cuvaison is long (three weeks) and the fermentation is completely natural: indigenous yeasts and no other materials whatsoever (no albumin, no enzymes, no gelatins … zero!). The grapes are left intact; they are never destemmed. The fermentation occurs in cement vats; then, the wines are racked into large oak barrels (tonneaux and demi-muids). No new oak is used.