Auguste Clape was a pioneer in Cornas and a legend in the Northern Rhône. Enjoying this bottle in his memory. I was fortunate to visit the cellar twice and receive an incredibly warm welcome from the family.
The 2009 is dynamite. It is more open than I expected. Nose is vibrant with green and white peppercorn, smoked meats, allspice and road tar wrapped around dark plum, cassis and blackberry fruit. Palate is rich and dense as expected from a hot vintage. Black fruit mingles with spice, warm stones and soy flavors. Intense and long in the juicy fruit driven finish. While it can be enjoyed currently, I suggest 3 to 5 more years in a cool cellar.
Happy to move 8 cases of wine to get to this beauty. — 2 days ago
Such a meaty inviting nose. Black fruits, forest, lavender, thyme, floral, so stunning. What a value. Such classic unfettered st. Jo. Palate has terrific energy and precision. Big structure but sappy and insane freshness and acidity. Long and young. I’d wait 3-5 years. But so killer. — 9 days ago
STUNNING! Wotn, one of the best syrahs that I have ever had! Instantly recognizable as a reynaud wine on the nose. Meat, garrigue, red plum, cherry, rosemary... all things great about southern rhone, but through the eyes of Syrah with more tannin and structure than a typical Grenache. This wine is at its apex! The only thing stopping it from a being a perfect wine in my eyes is that it is a bit slutty. — 9 days ago
This wine leaves me with the question: Why the heck do I not drink northern Rhône every night? Chave is as good as it gets and this is his lower end stuff.. it’s still amazing. Smells like delicious charcoal burning when you fire up the grill.. olive brine, beautiful texture, dried floral aromatics. Dark and ripe in the glass, showing the ripeness of the vintage.. beautiful balance. This guy just keeps impressing. Go get some. — 6 days ago
Really ripe nose. Big blackberry. An oozer. Good intense minerality and granite underneath it all. But big ripe 2015 nose. Palate is young but has so much energy. Big black fruits and so burly but amazing levels of granite and unreal freshness. So deep and so rich. Amazingly pure. A stunner. — 13 days ago
Classic Northern Rhône (more specifically Saint Joseph)-like nose. Oodles of crushed granite dust, very spicy blackberry-skin fruit, and you can actually sense the acidity on the nose. Almost a Loire-like freshness in the mouth, though it’s plainly Syrah. Savory, minerally, very pure and with mouth-watering acidity, which makes sense at only 12% alcohol. Basically duels Herve Souhaut to a draw at Herve’s own game. — 3 days ago