Domaine Lionnet is an estate with older vines that has been in family hands since 1575. Run since 2003 by daughter Corinne Lionnet and her husband Ludovic Izerable, their ethic of extreme care and non-intervention allows them to balance traditional values with modern techniques of quality control. "A traditional Cornas domaine [where] quality is rising as the wines have become fresher. It has been organic since 2007, officially organic since 2012. Daughter Corinne is encouraging greater bottling and small tidy-ups are occurring in the cellar - glassing the interior of the vats, for instance. Whole bunch fermentation, no cultured yeasts - leave-alone winemaking - mean the wine is full with apparent tannins when young. It is a genuine drop of country wine. The first vintage for Corinne and Ludovic was 2003. Since 2008 one hectare of Cornas - from massale Syrah cuttings - has been added on Saint-Pierre, quite high up. This now forms the second Cornas called Pur Granit, and given the combination of young vines and altitude, it is a streamlined, direct wine, with good clarity." Drinkrhone.com
What The Critics Say
94/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Vivid purple. Suave, mineral-tinged scents of blackberry, cassis, cherry and exotic spices are accompanied by a steadily emerging floral nuance. Sappy and energetic on the palate, showing powerful, concentrated black/blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Finishes extremely long and precise, with intense mineral thrust, a hint of cracked pepper and youthfully chewy tannins that add framework and grip." Drink 2025 - 2035
94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski (2017 vintage)
"A remarkable achievement for young vines and only the second commercial release, Lionnet's 2017 Cornas Pur Granit comes from high atop the slope of Cornas, in the Saint-Pierre lieu-dit. Intricate notions of herbs and violets entwine blueberry fruit in this full-bodied, rich, velvety wine. It shows tremendous length and real tannic depth on the finish. Although the vines are young, they're massal selections chosen from the domaine's old vines lower down the hill, so perhaps that accounts for some of this wine's impressive quality."
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