2015 Domaine Clape Cornas Renaissance

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2015 Cornas Renaissance is a blend of two young-vine (under 25 years of age) parcels with a bit of Sabarotte to bind them together. It’s fruit-forward and verging on jammy in this hot vintage, but it has a base of crushed stone and iron to ground it. It should drink well young.

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." (WA)

"Inky ruby. Potent, smoke-tinged dark berry and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and hints of cola and olive paste. Sappy, penetrating and pure, displaying impressive depth and vivacity to the ripe blackberry and cherry compote flavors. Clings with real intensity on the spicy finish, where supple tannins frame the intense dark fruit." (VM)