Allemand, Thierry

Rhône Valley

Aged nineteen, Thierry founded his domaine with the purchase of 0.26 hectares on La Côte, vineyards next to Clape. No family inheritance. You need to be incredibly strong-willed to tackle the fearsome Cornas hillsides. Little by little, he began acquiring abandoned vineyard parcels. He reinforced terraces and walls, and replanted, all by hand. Thirty years later, Thierry owns around 5ha of some of the best microclimates and the greatest terroirs of the Northern Rhône. He vinifies each parcel individually, bringing prestige and recognition back to Cornas. The cult status and prices that the Allemand wines have now achieved is totally merited. Thierry stands out as a class act of the Northern Rhône.