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Cornas Cuvee Renaissance, Domaine Auguste Clape 2020

Subregion France > Rhône > Northern Rhône > Cornas
Grape VarietySyrah

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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Cornas Renaissance is rock star juice and it's up with the finest examples of this cuvée I've tasted. Awesome red, blue, and black fruit, charred meats, pepper, and liquid violet notes all emerge from this full-bodied Cornas, which has a round, layered mouthfeel, beautiful tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. I'm probably underrating it. Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2024

I tasted two components that will make up the bulk of the 2020 Cornas Renaissance, both still in foudre. From Patou and 15- to 20-year-old vines, a medium to full-bodied sample featuring mentholated red plum notes, chewy tannins and mouthwatering acids (90 - 92). From Reynard and 30-year-old vines, a medium to full-bodied sample that showed more cassis fruit, silky tannins and great freshness (93 - 95). They should make a lovely Cornas for drinking over the next 10-15 years. Drink 2023-2035.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, January 2022

I loved the 2020 Cornas Renaissance, a ripe, fleshy, supple, and already undeniably delicious Cornas. Darker berries, plums, garrigue, and peppery game notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with lots of fruit and texture. It should evolve nicely for 10-12 years or more, and there's no harm in opening bottles now either.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, December 2022
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