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2016 - Auguste Clape, Cornas Renaissance
- Drinking Window:
- 2020 - 2030
- 93-95 AG; 91 - 94 WA
Shown as four single-vineyard components: #1) Patou: high-pitched black raspberry, cherry and violet scents, backed by a smoky nuance. Juicy and lithe in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a sweetening hint of cola. Tightens up on the finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins. #2) Tezier: suave, expressive aromas of ripe blue fruits, potpourri and smoky Indian spices. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering sweet blueberry, licorice and candied violet flavors and a touch of spicecake. #3) young vines in Reynard: Gorgeous, sharply focused floral and dark berry scents that pick up a minerally aspect with air. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated cassis and boysenberry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Very long and focused; smooth tannins make a cameo appearance. #4) Petite Côte: deep-pitched dark fruit preserve, licorice, cracked pepper and espresso scents, joined by a slowly emerging hint of olive. Stains the palate with bitter cherry and cassis flavors that take a sweeter turn on the back half. Surprisingly lively for its heft, showing strong closing grip and resonating spiciness.
I tasted from several foudres earmarked for the 2016 Cornas Renaissance. All showed good ripeness and richness allied to ample fruit and balanced tannins.