Don’t be fooled. Just because this is the entry level for Clape does not mean this should be overlooked. “Le Vin des Amis” is made from a 1ha vineyard in between the village of Cornas and the Rhône river. This bottle was opened about an hour before it was poured. Deep, dark garnet in the glass...bordering violet. Glass staining. The nose was absolutely wild! Straight up deli case with olive mortadella, and all the cured meats. But it doesn’t stop there. This is well endowed with baked and smoked blueberries and mulberries, dried herbs and lavender. The palate tells more of the fruit story with the lush blue and black fruits taking the starring role. So pure; so dense! Yet, there is minerality and remarkable acidity giving all of the fruit the lift it needs. Tannins are medium. Long, long finish. This wine was fermented and aged in concrete tanks and passes through foudre for two months before bottling. Some people hate on the price for this wine (around $50 these days) considering its humble designation but the quality is absolutely undeniable. A very serious wine. Impressive. — 6 days ago
The most distinctively different Malbec I’ve tasted. It’s bright, lively and fruit-driven. Smells like basil berry kool-aid, and tastes like a juiced-up cloves gimlet. Definitely some juniper in there, and velvety dark fruit like dried fuzzy black pluot. Certainly not of European or Argentinian terroir. A guess this is Ojai shining thru! — 5 months ago
Moises Wahle Vineyards ‘Mes Amis’ Pinot Noir 2014: Soft, medium-bodied. Bright red flavors & rose hip on the nose. Vibrant cherry & strawberry with a smooth touch of spice on the palate. Thoroughly enjoyed every drop of this Oregon Pinot! Cheers🍷 — 23 days ago
Very nice Cote-du-Rhône on black fruits (blackberries, blueberries, plus pear, peach) ... Nice freshness, wine to drink young with friends, around 15 ° C.
Très beau Cote-du-Rhône sur les fruits noirs (mûres, myrtilles, plus poire, pêche)... Belle fraîcheur, vin a boire jeune avec des amis, vers 15 degrés. — 2 months ago
Great wine,has a tiny bite, peppery flavor. Pairs well with food. We had organic pork bratwurst, and then pasta with Dave's sauce the next. — 3 months ago
Coming from the old quarry behind the Perrieres premier cru area. Very aromatic nose of white fruit, some mint and a touch of oak it seems. The palate is round, rich, mineral and intense, yet with energy and a lot of precision of flavours, i am sure in a blind tasting that the friends would call a much higher level wine, at minimum a Meursault Villages, what a great success from Valentin Jobard.
Vignes provenant de l’ancienne carrière derrière le fameux premier cru Perrieres. Vin très aromatique, menthe, fruits blancs, une touche boisée mais de façon judicieuse il me semble. Attaque et bouche ronde avec une tension appuyée, quelle texture et des saveurs franches et précises, belle énergie. Bien curieux à l’aveugle de voir ce que les amis prédiraient, bien meilleur que son niveau, superbe. J’en veux d’autres! 90-91 à ce niveau.
— 2 months ago
Bitter finish not particularly fresh — 3 months ago