Domaine Clape Cornas, Rhone, France 2014

Domaine Clape Cornas, Rhone, France 2014

89.50

Flagship wine of Domaine Auguste Clape, a masterpiece! August Clape is one of the pioneers of the Northern Rhone, and his Syrah’s are among the most celebrated wines of France with great complexity and aging potential. 

Cornas is an "assemblage" of the 25, 40 and 60 year old Syrah vines of the 5 hectares of the Domaine’s best slopes. Domaine Clape’s traditional wine making methods hardly changed since the beginning. They ferment the wines in neutral cement vats and age them in large, used oak foudres. He believed his methods allowed the wines to display the character of the granite-rich slopes of Cornas. Auguste Clape told author John Livingston-Learmonth, “as for aging casks, here you need neutral wood with no tannin in it. The Syrah must breathe.”

The wine is classic style, full-bodied, spicy and powerful with notes of black currant, licorice, and earthiness. Sweet, well-integrated tannins and energetic acidity. Still needs a few years to see its full potential.

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(incl. VAT, €119,33 / liter)

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AWARDS AND REVIEWS

95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate -The 2014s are more elegant, silky and streamlined, yet offer classic characters and will evolve gracefully. Similar to the Renaissance, with tons of cedary spice, pepper, iron, beef blood, crushed rock and new saddle leather, the 2014 Cornas is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured, with ripe, present tannin. It needs 2-4 years of cellaring and will have 10-15 years of longevity. Issue 228, 30th Dec 2016

Some of the most singular wines in the world emerge from the dark, barely-lit cellars of Pierre-Marie Clape and his son, Olivier. This is a bastion of traditional winemaking and these wines are not destemmed, see long fermentations, and are aged in ancient barrels and casks. As Robert Parker wrote at one time, “There is nothing wrong with a case of Clape!” I agree wholeheartedly!

93-95 Vinous - Antonio Galloni


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