Cornas, Domaine Auguste Clape 2013
Probably the wine of the vintage is Clape’s 2013 Cornas. Coming from some of the prime terroirs in this incredible appellation, it’s always 100% Syrah (Cornas is always 100% Syrah) that saw no destemming and spent 22 months in mostly ancient foudre. This wine offers up classic Clape notes of beef blood, cold steel, liquid rock, pepper and saddle leather (there’s fruit in there as well) to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich, textured 2013 that has an awesome mid-palate, ripe tannin and clean, lengthy finish. It won’t be as long lived as some of the more blockbuster-styled years, but it will dish out incredible pleasure over the coming 10-15 years.
|Score: 95||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015|
More powerful, backwards and inky than the Renaissance, the 2013 Cornas exhibits classic notes of cold steel, burning embers, crushed rock and inky purple fruit. Full-bodied, concentrated and with high, yet sweet, tannin, it's a serious wine that will have two decades of longevity.
|Score: 94/97||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014|
Plum and boysenberry character with lighter strawberry and raspberry fruits. Some olive tapenade and plenty of graphite and dark stony notes. The palate has a juicy texture with bright acidity, fine long tannins and flavors that run into the dark-berry, liquorice and sarsaparilla zone. Drink from 2018 to 2028.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, October 2016|
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