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Auguste Clape, Cornas, 2011


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For lovers of the Northern Rhone August Clape needs zero introduction. Even those less familiar with the slopes along the river where Syrah reigns supreme have often heard the name. Clape is that important. He almost single-handedly brought his home village of Cornas out of the old, négociant-centered model and into the estate-focused 21st Century. A former mayor of Cornas he is now synonymous with the best of what this village has to offer. After nearly fifty years of winemaking, August is still going strong, though his son and grandson are doing much of the heavy lifting.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"The 2011 Clape Cornas shows much darker character than its 2012 sibling, offering powerful cassis, black currant and licorice flavors that unfurl very slowly with air. At almost a decade old, this is still on the youthful side, with round but present tannins adding framework and closing grip. Right now, I slightly prefer the elegance of the 2012." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 95
"Starting with his 2011 Cornas, it’s a rocking wine in the vintage that’s still showing every bit as well as it did on release. Massive minerality, violets, bloody meat and sweet blackcurrant and black raspberry-like fruit all emerge here, and it’s fabulously textured and silky on the palate. It will be interesting to see if this ever shuts down, but right now, it’s a great drink. If you have multiple bottles, give one a try."

Jancis Robinson

JR 17.5
"Very deep garnet. So different from the Côte Rôtie just tasted. More intensely dark-fruited. With fruit sweetness and a hint of char. Some blackcurrant cordial but mollified by a smoky, peppery quality. Firm, compact, dry tannins but they are filled out by the juicy fruit. Another classic choice here by Yapp. Chewy and satisfying and long and still very young."


D 92
"Not an easy vintage. It was cold to start with, then the end of August was very hot, causing some blockages in maturity, and a large crop. It's beginning to take on some smoky notes - smoked meats and bonfires. Medium-bodied and drops away a little soon, not as complex as some vintages. Good acidity and sense of freshness, if not the greatest depth compared to other recent vintages."

Wine Spectator

WS 96
"Densely packed, with fine, juicy acidity running throughout, this sports intense boysenberry and raspberry fruit along with plenty of bramble, black pepper and chalk notes, grounded in terroir and exhibiting good cut. Shows a lovely echo of tar and chestnut leaf through the finish."


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