Rich, creamy and lush, this is like no other Clape Cornas before or since. Jammy raspberry fruit coats the palate, yet without seeming simple or heavy because there's also a remarkable sense of minerality and balance. Long on the finish, buffered by soft tannins. As this ages, expect to see some of the jamminess recede and more of the minerality emerge. Drink 2010–2025, possibly longer. *Cellar Selection* (JC)
On another level, the 2003 Cornas (which has a pH of 4.1) offers gorgeous fruit and full-bodied richness, with a still lively and fresh profile. Bloody meat, blackberry liqueur, licorice and gamey notes all emerge from this knockout Cornas, and it’s drinking beautifully now. I’d enjoy bottles over the coming 5-7 years, but it will certainly evolve for longer. (JD)
This heat-marked vintage really sticks out in this flight, with juicy raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit leaping to the fore. Open and lush, with hints of fig paste, graphite and dark olive adding just enough definition to the finish, where the core of raspberry ganache lingers. Probably won't go the distance of the others, but it's delicious. (JM, Web Only-2010)
Dark ruby. Brooding dark cherry, tobacco and bitter chocolate on the nose. Then remarkably sweet and lush, with expansive red berry and candied licorice flavors that build and gain in sweetness with aeration. Long and bright on the finish, with a late note of rose pastille. (JR)
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