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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
August Clape Cornas 2003
August Clape Cornas 2003
(search item no. 87669)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2003 Cornas has shut down since bottling, revealing tightly wound blueberry, blackberry, scorched earth, and smoky notes, stunning density, atypically crisp acidity, and a huge, full-bodied, powerful finish. This should be a fabulous Cornas, but it is not as showy and flamboyant in its youth as I expected. Give it 3-5 years of bottle age; it should keep for 15 years."
-Wine Advocate

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About August Clape:

Auguste Clape is the mayor of Cornas, and the same is said about his public service as his winemaking: solidity and consistency. He makes no fancy bottlings or vineyard designated wines, just a simple Clape Cornas. His only secrets, he will tell you when asked, are ripe fruit and old vines. Auguste and son Pierre-Marie try to harvest late each year, a risk considering the possibility of rain close to harvest time. No new wood is used; the wine is raised for 18 months in older barrels and foudres. The key to complexity, according to the Clapes, is vinification of each vineyard separately. Before bottling, a blend is decided upon which harmonizes the separate components while keeping a unified overall impression.

Despite lack of conscious marketing, Clape Cornas had become one of the most reputable names in the northern Rhone, due not only to his consistency from vintage to vintage, but also because it has become the hallmark style of Cornas Syrah, a style now emulated elsewhere in the world.