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Cornas, Domaine Auguste Clape 2012

Subregion France > Rhône > Northern Rhône > Cornas
Grape VarietySyrah

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Tasting Notes

The Cornas of the vintage is Clape's 2012 Cornas. An incredible effort, its inky purple/black color is followed by spectacular aromas and flavors of black raspberry, graphite, beef blood, iron, cedar and white pepper (among other things). This is Cornas at its finest, with insane aromatics, full-bodied richness and massive concentration, yet at the same time staying elegant, seamless and gorgeously pure. It's more approachable than the 2010, but should still need 3-4 years of cellaring and have two decades of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Moving to the reds and one of the most impressive efforts from Cornas I was able to taste, Clape's 2012 Cornas offers up an inky purple color to go with massive aromas and flavors of charred earth, graphite, cassis, black raspberry and searing minerality. Turning meatier with air, this full-bodied 2012 has a blockbuster texture, thrilling mid-palate depth and a decadent finish, yet never loses focus or seems over the top in any way. It will need 3-4 years to become approachable, and evolve gracefully for two decades or more. Drink: 2016 - 2036.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (210), December 2013
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