Cornas, Domaine Auguste Clape 2017
The older vine lots destined for the 2017 Cornas showed similarly yet had more mid-palate density, tannins, and length. I expect both these cuvées to come in similar to the 2016s once all is said and done.
|Score: 93/95||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, December 2018|
Presented in three components: #1) La Côte: intense spice- and mineral-tinged black currant and bitter cherry scents and a sexy floral topnote. Sweet and focused in the mouth, displaying sappy black and blue fruit flavors and a strong jolt of peppery spices on the back half. #2) Sabarotte: more densely packed, offering highly perfumed black and blue fruit aromas. Shows impressive depth to the blueberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors, which pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Plays power off finesse in superb fashion. #3) old vines in Reynard: vibrant, mineral-laced dark fruit liqueur qualities on the nose and in the mouth. Completely stains the palate and displays remarkable persistence on the penetrating finish, which eventually leaves a sweet floral note behind.
|Score: 94/97||Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, June 2018|
Cask samples tasted at the domaine. There are fewer than usual in 2018 because of lower yields. Renaissance might not be produced in this vintage.
Sample cuvée 1: Patou
A potential candidate for Renaissance – or might be used to add freshness to the main blend. Supreme floral scent, leathery and liquorice flavours. Wonderfully ornate, complex and deep, with dark plummy fruit and a long aniseed and bitter-herb finish. Very supple tannins.
Sample cuvée 2 : Reynards young vines plus St-Pierre
Much more tannic and grainy with full body, tarry character with dark berry fruit. Great intensity of fruit – and has all the severity expected from Cornas. Cotton-mouth finish.
Sample cuvée 3 : Sabarotte and Robert (between Geynale and Reynards).
Black-cherry fruit with furry tannin making a chunky, astringent mouthfeel. Very harsh overall. Unforgiving structure. Needs to be in fruitier company to achieve balance.
Sample cuvée 4: La Côte and Petite Côte
The most aromatic of the samples, which gives violet, garrigue and black-cherry fruit. Still fiercely tannic but with great natural acid balance – seems complete.
Sample cuvée 5: Vieilles vignes de Reynards
Tannic, dark, concentrated and syrupy – very much a rustic style, yet there is superb fruit intensity on the palate, giving long black-cherry notes – but not bitterness. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 17.5+||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2018|
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