Domaine Lionnet – Cornas
Less is more.
The Lionnet family has been cultivating wine on Appellation Cornas since the 16th century. In 2003, Corinne, daughter of Pierre Lionnet, and only woman wine-grower on Cornas, takes over with her husband Ludovic. After many long years of hard work, the Domaine has officially converted to organic (‘Ecocert’ certified) in 2009. The 5 acres of old vines are located on 4 ‘lieux-dits’: Mazards, Combes, Chaillot, Brugères, but Corinne and Ludovic have decided to produce only one cuvée – ‘Terre Brûlée’ – translation of the celtic word Cornas. Serious agriculture here, phytosanitary treatment on man’s back, and in the wines, only hand work.
In Cornas it is said that one man alone (now a woman…) cannot cultivate more than 2 hectares of vineyard. Impossible to imagine softer and more traditional vinifications. The grapes, harvested ripe, are pressed whole cluster and fermentations result of indigenous yeasts. Breeding is long, 18 months (no new barrels). No fining, no filtration. ‘We don’t add, we don’t take away’.
Ludovic and Corinne are clearly positioned in the ‘Terroirist’ camp, the camp of the modest and intelligent enough to dicreetly withdraw behind this grand terroir of Cornas, able to produce the most beautiful granitic Syrah.
Terre Brûlée 2011…