Cornas, Domaine Auguste Clape 2017

RegionRhône
SubregionCornas
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

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: 93/95Jeb 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: 94/97Josh 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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