Northern Rhone series 16, Domaine Clape Cornas Renaissance

Hmmm, I’m enjoying this Northern Rhone series. A chance to drink some wonderful wines. Here’s the latest: it’s a Cornas from Clape, but it isn’t at all rustic. Some people still characterize Cornas as producing rather stern, rustic wines, but I don’t think this is the case any more. It’s a serious appellation.

The Clape family farm just under 5.5 hectares of vines in the appellation, and this cuvee is made from the younger vines. It  includes the climats of Geynale, Tézier, Mazards, Patou and Pied la Vigne. Fermentation is with 100% stems, and there’s a little post-ferment maceration. The wine then spends 18 months in wood.

Domaine Clape Cornas Cuvee Renaissance 2007
13% alcohol. Deep coloured, with lovely sweet, smooth elegant black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose, as well as some mineral overtones. The palate is ripe, supple and elegant with smooth texture and lovely black cherry fruit. There’s some structure, but it integrates well with the sweet fruit. Lovely cool climate Syrah character: this is Cornas in its most refined form. 94/100 (£28.75 Yapp)

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