August Clape is one of the pioneers of the Northern Rhone, and his Syrah’s are among the most celebrated wines of France with great complexity and aging potential.
We are not sure if 2015 will be the “vintage of the century” as some claim however it is certain that this is the best vintage since 2010. The wine is complex with black currants, licorice, spicy earthy notes with an energy. A classic and powerful wine that requires some time to show itself but it will worth waiting.
Drink 2025 - 2045
(€213,33 / liter)
#77 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2018
98 points, Wine Spectator
"This has it all, from the dark, dense core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit to the smoldering charcoal, dark olive and singed bay leaf notes. Violet and white pepper nuances add lift before a prodigious warm cast iron element provides spine on the finish. A brick house that will live for quite some time. Best from 2025 through 2045. "JM
97 points, Wine Advocate
"Clape’s flagship 2015 Cornas is enormously complex and compelling. Almond skin, cherries, blood, and herbal notes all combine on the nose, while on the palate this medium to full-bodied wine is firmly tannic but ripe and balanced, with a rich, velvety and nearly endless finish." - 30th Dec 2016 —by Joe Czerwinski
"The two Cornas releases in 2015 are head-turners that warrant serious attention. The flagship 2015 Cornas comes from the older vines of the estate, with a good chunk from the Reynard lieu-dit, which is unquestionably one of the grand cru sites in the appellation. This is a big, rich, sexy vintage from this estate and the top cuvée has a wealth of material and building, sweet tannin, as well as full-bodied richness and a great finish. It’s more approachable than the 2010 was at the same age, but it’s still going to require 5-7 years of cellaring. It’s a brilliant wine." 29th Dec 2017 —by Jeb Dunnuck"
"Some of the most singular wines in the world emerge from the dark, barely-lit cellars of Pierre-Marie Clape and his son, Olivier. This is a bastion of traditional winemaking and these wines are not destemmed, see long fermentations, and are aged in ancient barrels and casks. As Robert Parker wrote at one time, “There is nothing wrong with a case of Clape!” I agree wholeheartedly!" —by Jeb Dunnuck
93-96 Vinous - Antonio Galloni