Based in classicism, yet interpreting it in his own way is Thierry Allemand, the current last word in Cornas.
Following on from Clappe and Verset who set the standard for wines of quality, structure and power in a region that had been overlooked for some time, Allemand breaks from some of these long held norms to produce wines of stunning detail and finesse, with a lightened grace that make them oh so appealing.
Working in Cornas for Joseph Michel since the early 80's, Thierry has gathered up 10 acres of vines ranging from 30 -100 years covering a range of aspects and profiles allowing him to conjure such depth and detail with what appears relative ease whilst displaying subtlety and the purity of Syrah.
The 2011 Syrah has that classic richness and depth of Cornas but with a fine mineral aspect running through which is the hallmark of this particular site. The structure is evident but measured, incredible florals with luscious plums, stone and spices carrying right through the length.
Allemand has reinvigorated a region and set a new tone for what the benchmark of ethereal Syrah can be.