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Auguste Clape - Cornas 2021 (1.5L)


Price: $465.00

In Mixed Case: $418.50

Producer Auguste Clape
Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Subregion Cornas
Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2021
Sku 210000021559
Size 1.5L

Vinous: 95-97 Points

Inky violet. Intense aromas of cherry, blackberry, olive, exotic spices and pipe tobacco are complemented by a smoky mineral nuance and a hint of bacon fat. Chewy and subtly sweet, offering concentrated, smoke-laced kirsch, dark berry preserve, espresso and licorice flavors and a spicy jolt of black pepper. Finishes impressively long and spicy, with chewy tannins and a building floral note.

Decanter Magazine: 96 Points

A tasting of the constituent lieux-dits indicates that this will be a fresh, well-balanced style of Cornas. The acidity is high this year, and the tannins are classically Cornas in their granitic grain and intensity. A highly structured year, this will always be a vintage for dedicated Cornas-lovers, there's no great wealth of rich fruit behind like in some recent vintages, but nonetheless this should age well. Very much a classic year, rather than the powerfully ripe and rich vintages we've seen since 2017. Whole-bunch fermented in concrete, aged in old foudres.

Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94 Points

The flagship 2021 Cornas, which comes from the older vines, is clearly outstanding and will also offer lots of up-front appeal. Classic Clape wild blue fruits, iron, violets, and floral notes were present in all of the samples, and it should be a medium-bodied, balanced Cornas. As with the Renaissance, it has good ripeness, but this certainly brings more tannins and structure.   Barrel Sample: (92-94)+

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