Domaine Lionnet, Cornas Terre Brulee, 2016
A Cornas of immense concentration, deep, meaty aromatics, intense effusive spiciness, and a bristling tension that beckons for a bit of patience but is thrilling in its vibrancy. Read more
AGE OF VINES (per vineyard): Combes - 80 years, Mazards - 45 years, Chaillot - 45 years, Pied la Vigne - 60 and 70 years, Chataignier - 4 to 7 years
SOIL (per vineyard): Combes - Granite, Mazards - Granite, Chaillot - thin granite, Pied la Vigne -clay and limestone, Chataignier - Granite, poor soil
WINEMAKING: 100% Whole cluster. Grape berries are split in fields into harvest bins (80kg) then emptied in tanks. Fermented in Concrete tank for Mazards, Combes, Chaillots and Pieds la vigne. Stainless steel tank for Chataignier. Cuvaison for 20 days and more. Pumping-over for 2 to 3 days, then punching-down by feet for all the fermentation and maceration. Running of the free run wine then pressing with wooden press. Blending of free run wine with press wine. Malolactic fermentation in tank. Aged entirely in well-used 600-liter demi-muids. Duration of elevage was 18 months. Bottle aging for 15 months prior to release to US market. No fining, no filtration, indigenous yeast.