Domaine Clape Cornas, Rhone, France 2015

Domaine Clape Cornas, Rhone, France 2015


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.”

We are not sure if 2015 will be the “vintage of the century” however it is certain that this the best vintage since 2010. The wine is complex with black currants, licorice, spicy earthy notes with an energy. Classic and powerful wine that requires some time to show itself but it will worth to wait.

Drink 2023 - 2040

(incl. VAT, €193,,33 / liter)

  • Due to the very limited supply, we need to limit the purchase to one bottle for each client.

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95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate -The two Cornas releases in 2015 are head-turners that warrant serious attention. The flagship 2015 Cornas comes from the older vines of the estate, with a good chunk from the Reynard lieu-dit, which is unquestionably one of the grand cru sites in the appellation. This is a big, rich, sexy vintage from this estate and the top cuvée has a wealth of material and building, sweet tannin, as well as full-bodied richness and a great finish. It’s more approachable than the 2010 was at the same age, but it’s still going to require 5-7 years of cellaring. It’s a brilliant wine. 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!

97 points, Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate - Clape’s flagship 2015 Cornas is enormously complex and compelling. Almond skin, cherries, blood and herbal notes all combine on the nose, while on the palate this medium to full-bodied wine is firmly tannic but ripe and balanced, with a rich, velvety and nearly endless finish. Issue 234, 29th Dec 2017

A visit to these ancient cellars in the heart of Cornas is a trip back in time, with a ride on the tiny 1950s-era freight elevator almost the only concession to modernity. Most of the magic takes place in the cellar’s ancient foudres, which add their own sense of mystery and history to the wines. Pierre-Auguste Clape took time out from his retirement to taste me through an array of wines, as his son was at another appointment. According to Pierre-August, “It’s too soon to call 2015 the vintage of the century.” That said, the 2015 Cornas is not to be missed.

93-96 Vinous - Antonio Galloni