2017 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulee (750ml)15 1 0 0
"Ludovic Izerable is making some the best traditionally styled wines in Cornas right now, but they are by no means rustic or forbiddingly tannic, which some people still believe is the 'traditional' version of wines from the appellation. The fact is, many of those wines were just plain dirty and coarse. Not here. The tidy cellar here is quite small, a reflection of the fact that this domaine, whose roots in Cornas trace back to 1575, comprises a mere four hectares. The wines are fermented in concrete tanks, with their native yeasts; all whole clusters are used, there’s no fining or filtration, and new oak is brought in only to replace barrels that have outlived their usefulness." - Josh Raynolds (Vinous)
Ludovic and Corinne Izerable farm very old plantings (40 to 100 years old) in several notable Cornas vineyards, which are all blended into their single flagship cuvée, “Terre Brulée”. It is made up of parcels from Mazards, Chaillot, Pied de la Vigne and Combe. Aged entirely in well-used 600-liter demi-muids.
"I love the wines of this estate, and the 2017 Cornas Terre Brûlée is about as classic as it gets. Killer notes of wild herbs, iron, smoked earth, liquid violets, and bloody blue fruits all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, structured, impeccably balance 2017. With plenty of tannins, yet abundant opulence and hedonistic appeal, drink this sexy Cornas over the coming 15+ years. This cuvée comes from six separate parcels (from 5 lieux-dits) and spent 18 months in 4- to 10-year-old demi-muids." 95 points - Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2019)