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2011 Domaine Auguste Clape - Cornas

Wine Advocate 95
Varietal Syrah
Category Reds
Region France, Rhone Valley
Producer Domaine Auguste Clape

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2011 Domaine Auguste Clape - Cornas



Wine Advocate  

Moving to the current releases that are in bottle, the 2011 Cornas belies the vintage’s forward, mid-weight stereotype with its massive, deep and layer profile. Possessing brilliant minerality, as well as notions of dry aged beef, cracked pepper, forest floor and sweet black currants, this full-bodied beauty has a stacked mid-palate, big structure and masses of sweet tannin on the finish. The minerality is really something here and this is reminiscent of filling your mouth with granite pebbles. It’s a resounding success in the vintage and will deliver the goods for upwards of two decades. 

Another reference point in Cornas, the Domaine of Auguste Clape, which is now run by Auguste’s talented son, Pierre-Marie (who started working at the domaine in 1989), is staunchly traditional in style, and the wines see no new oak, no destemming and aging all in ancient foudre. He produces two cuvees from Cornas, his Renaissance, which comes from the estate’s younger vines (50 years in age), and the top wine, which is labeled simply Cornas. Both are textbook examples of the appellation, with the Renaissance being more approachable early on. In addition, he releases a Saint Peray (Marsanne), and a Vin de France and Cotes du Rhone, both of which comes from vines near Cornas and are well worth seeking out. Jeb Dunnuck

International Wine Cellar  

Tasted in three components:  #1, from Sabarotte: Wild, expansive aromas of candied red berries, fresh flowers and black pepper, with a smoky overtone.  Juicy, penetrating raspberry and cherry flavors show a suave blend of richness and energy.  #2, from La Cote: Much fruitier, offering an array of fresh red and dark berry aromas and flavors and a touch of violet.  Suave and seamless in texture, with excellent cling.  #3, from Reynard: More minerality and spiciness on the nose.  Sappy, incisive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with a strong peppery kick on the finish.  The final wine should be intensely fruity and forward, with appealing spice and floral accents and gentle tannins.  Like most '11s from the northern Rhone, it should provide plenty of immediate appeal. Josh Raynolds

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