There is no estate in the entire Rhone Valley making finer wines. - 2011 Allemand Cornas Reynard

Posted by Ian McFadden

Cornas' Master
2011 Allemand Cornas Reynard
2011 Northern Rhône At Its Purest

"Fans of Allemand's light touch and the elegant wines he produces should flip out for his '11s…

let me state unequivocally that there is no estate in the entire Rhone Valley making finer wines." -Josh Raynolds

Allemand is one of the most talented people in wine today.

Allemand's wines seem to distill and refine Cornas into its most pure form. They're not wines of power, but wines of harmony and hyper-articulate expression. It's for this reason that we love to have his wines in our cellar.

2011 has all the markings of vintages of Allemand that we love. These are the vintages that Allemand renders with a heartbreaking fine-ness, with a delicately etched crushed rock minerality and rigorous acid spine.

Tracking down parcels of Allemand, especially Reynard, often feels like a full-time job. Things have gotten even uglier recently as the Northern Rhône and, naturally, Allemand have blown up. Allemand is only 4.5ha and produces around 500cs of Reynard each vintage.

2011 Reynard thrives on elegance, detail and beautiful transparency. It's a great example of just how singular Allemand's Cornas is. These are wines that are about harmony and grace instead of beastly tannins and overt concentration. And it's this balance that allows the wines to age so well.

The 2011 Reynard is just a beautiful wine. I'm going to leave it at that.

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Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits