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2001 Auguste Clape Cornas

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June 25, 2023 - $225



97The Wine Advocate

...notes of leather and dried leaves are impinging on the vibrant red fruit. Still full-bodied, almost creamy in feel, with a luxurious plushness in the mouth, it finishes long and harmonious. Just a terrific effort.

92Wine Spectator

Thick, opulent, rich and ripe, but also elegant, offering layers of spice, smoke, grilled meat and plenty of red and black berries. A mineral, lead pencil character adds complexity to this full-bodied Cornas' smooth finish.

92Stephen Tanzer

Superripe, expressive aromas of dark berries, black olive tapenade, gunflint and dark chocolate. Fleshy and sweet, with flavors of blackberry, dried herbs, black olive, pepper and smoke.

16+ Jancis Robinson

Firm, thick tannins and fine acidity. Moderate length.


France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Cornas

The Northern Rhône Valley wine region hugs the Rhône River from Vienne in the north to Valence at its southern tip. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, and it is divided into eight appellations. Along with its neighbor to the south, the Southern Rhone Valley, it is famous for its big, tannic, intensely concentrated wines. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in AOC wines from this sub-region, though the Syrah can be blended with the white wine grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the regulations for each AOC. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Of the eight appellations in the north, the most admired wines tend to come from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage, though there are certainly exceptional wines to be found in St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Peray, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. Along with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, Rhône wines are among France’s best known and most collected wines. Red wines from these appellations are notable for their signature aromas of bacon and green olives, and for their depth. Robert M. Parker, a great champion of Rhone wines, has written that “the northern Rhône produces three of the greatest wines in the world – the white wines of Condrieu and the red wines of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.”


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.