1998 Auguste Clape - Cornas 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Cornas/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WS 93   WA 90   IWC 89(+?)   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Blockbuster red. Supple, delivering plenty of warm flavors verging almost on raisiny, and full-bodied, offering round, rich tannins and concentrated fruit. Has a massive, chewy structure that's given support by excellent ripeness. Much better than two samples previously reviewed.

Drink Dates: 2001-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The big, classic 1998 Cornas reveals hard tannin, medium to full body, a dense ruby/purple color, and a muscular, backstrapping, husky style that requires 5-6 years of cellaring. It will last for 16-18 years, but it does not have much fat, glycerin or sweetness.

Drink Dates: 2006-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 133

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

Bright medium ruby. Spicy aromas of roasted red fruits and black cherry, leather and fresh herbs; comes across as cooler than the Renaissance bottling. Less sweet and giving in the mouth; tougher and more severe than the young-vines version. Flavors of leather, licorice and herbs. Tannins spread over the entire palate. This will need a good seven or eight years of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 94

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/16/2008
Drink Dates: 2004-2010
Big and full flavored. Supple tannis with rich nose and earthy flavors including tobacco, tea leaves and a hint of jasmine. The wine is peaking but could last another two years.

Average rating: 87, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

323 bottles owned by 87 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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