1998 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas #163374170
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Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "The big, classic 1998 Cornas reveals hard tannin, medium to full body, a dense ruby/purple color, and a muscular, backstrapping, husky style…. (RP)" 91 points John Gilman "...offering up a classic nose of black olives, black raspberries, dark berries, leather, venison, stony soil tones and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, closed and still quite monolithic, with a rock solid core, a fair bit of tannin and very good length and grip on the chewy, grumpy and soil-driven finish. (JG)"
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About Domaine Auguste Clape
These traditional Cornas wines are crafted from old vines grown on steep, hand-tended vineyards, lending their deep, characteristic flavors to the wines. The grapes are picked at optimal ripeness, yielding a wine that can almost be mistaken for coming from Southern France.
Clape was a pioneer in Cornas, being the first to bottle his own wine in 1957. These Syrah masterpieces are known for their dark berry, black olive, dried herb, smoke, and violet flavors when young and develop deep complexity and velvety texture with age. These wines are a must-try for any wine enthusiast, and we highly recommend them.