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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 6 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine Auguste Clape
VarietySyrah
DesignationRenaissance
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
AppellationCornas

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2026 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Clape Cornas Renaissance on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.5 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 22 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by LIE-user on 5/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Not sure about this one. Fun to drink now, but I guess there is more to come in two or three years. (628 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Black as ink, super black fruit, blueberries, hint of smoke, violettes... quite austere, loads of tannins, fresh black fruit, nice acidity, painfully young 94+/100 (1512 views)
 Tasted by redted on 1/2/2015: Had on Christmas Day so going from memory. Loved it. A lot more sophisticated than I expected. Young yes but the tannins were not aggressive and still very approachable if decanted well. Leave next bottle for a couple of years if able. Yum ! (1428 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 12/16/2014 & rated 93 points: This opaque ruby wine is intense and "packed" on the nose. Smoke, dark bramble fruit, sous bois, black olive and mineral aromas are followed by a rich, heavily-extracted palate. With fresh acidity, well-integrated alcohol (14%) and flavors mirroring the nose, there is no question that this is a special wine. However, at this point the tannins are very firm and show substantial grip throughout the middle palate and lengthy finish. Patience is in order here...there is no doubt that it will be rewarded. Drink 2018-2030. (1826 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 8/27/2014: Dense, dark, deeply pitched and quite glossy and polished for a Clape wine. There are some subtle floral and wild herb things that counter the fleshy fruit and it has a black olive tapenade saltiness to the finish. It is very smart and needs plenty of cellar time. (2691 views)
 Tasted by canan on 3/1/2014 & rated 94 points: North Rhone 2010 Horisontal Tasting: Nose: Rocks, blackberry, a little hard and closed, violets, lavender, dust.
Palate: Tough and tight tannin structure is dominating. Some blackberry fruit but also a touch of cranberry/strawberry. (2997 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 2/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Post CNY wine tasting dinner (Singapore): Second flight. While not really my kind of wine, I thought the St. Henri was showing better than the Renaissance. Obviously very rich with the expected sweet, dark fruit it had a long and intense finish. Could have done with a bit more accuracy and delineation but very nice nevertheless. The Renaissance had a wonderful nose with pepper and grilled meat but found it less impressive on the palate, tightly wound, fairly tannic and did not find the finish particularly long. St. Henri 92. Renaissance 91+ (3426 views)
 Tasted by Rubinstein on 11/5/2013 & rated 93 points: Classic Syrah nose with olives, pepper, blueberry and bacon. still young and vibrant. Tannins still a bit rough 93+ (3012 views)
 Tasted by Ryan Foss on 10/31/2013 & rated 93 points: Beautiful nose - just jumps out of the gates with dark fruits, some oak, pepper, meatiness, flowers, spices, just crazy complex, especially for a second wine. What a great vintage 2010 was for the Rhone. This need serious time to unwind though. Palate is fresh, dense, super long with a tinge of iron and pencil shavings. Tannins are pretty massive, and this needs 10 years of sleep 93 now 93-95+(?) (2825 views)
 Tasted by oropeza on 10/10/2013 & rated 94 points: Floral nose. Fruit in the mouth with plenty of minerality and balance. Complex flavor. Very long. Incredible mouthfeel, slightly meaty but not overly so. My first Cornas, a great start. (2704 views)
 Tasted by nav2u on 9/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Dark ruby. Overpowering oak on the nose and palate at this point, but it's clear that the fruit and other underlying components are terrific. This will require a significant amount of rest before it's at its best. (2241 views)
 Tasted by WineScoundrel on 8/17/2013 & rated 95 points: Believe the hype. (2390 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 6/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Huge.I really liked this wine. It is young, of course, but it's wonderful. Juicy. Aromatic. This wine is on another level. One of the best wines of the year. Buy it. (2320 views)
 Tasted by azzah on 6/18/2013 & rated 96 points: Beautiful colour - a vibrant blue/purple. And what a wine. Perfumed. Violets, meat and blood, pepper and spice, black and blueberries on the nose.

The flavours are Cornas writ large, with black and blueberries, meats, pepper and spice, licorice, and closing with black olive. A ferrous minerality too. Fine mouth coating tannin. Depth, complexity and length. Just amazing. I didn't want this bottle to end - it left me mesmerised. (2363 views)
 Tasted by bza on 5/26/2013: Meaty nose with blood, blueberries, pepper and licorice notes. This is a big powerful wine with loads of sweet ripe fruit and notes of crushed stone, dark berries and nicely integrated oak. It´s quite tannic and the maybe a little bit more robust than its sibling. Still open, but will probably shut down sooner or later. (2137 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 5/21/2013: On day two. And this is stunning. Earth, vegetal, violets. So the name "renaissance" signifies the rebirth of the northern rhone in new clones with new world stuff going on in the northern rhone. I think I understand that. Grippy still on day two. Power. (2235 views)
 Tasted by godx on 4/17/2013 & rated 91 points: France 2013 – Northern Rhone; 4/17/2013-4/19/2013 (Ampuis): Tasted at the Domaine. Very pure and classic Cornas nose with violets and dark berry fruits. Powdery tannins yet firm tannins with more ripeness than the 2011s with darker fruit (blackberries). Fleshy yet very well structured with great acidity. A touch of warmth on the finish but overall this is very well balanced. Will need a decade at least. (92-94 potential). Excellent. 91+ (2356 views)
 Tasted by Roland H on 4/11/2013 & rated 94 points: Northern Rhone (Decant, Christchurch): Really deep, deep purple. High note sweetness, fatty acids, complex. Lovely fruit in front, then dusty tannins. A very nice wine. [Aging potential, 15 years] (2342 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 2/28/2013 & rated 94 points: Rhone - Highlights from north & south (Portimao): Served during a Rhone lecture I held during an offsite in Portugal. When I first opened it it was closed, brash and tannic. I thought I made a mistake choosing this. So the sommelier and I decanted it immediately and to our surprise after ca 1 hour we had a soft and open wine with a kaleidoscope of beautiful fruity, toasty, earthy aromas. A very good wine with an even better future. Great value for money. 94+ (2471 views)
 Tasted by cybergod on 2/17/2013: Graphite, iron. Incredible density of dark berry fruit, which is offset by a wall of tannin and nice acidic structure. This is crazy-good and will age for years and years. (2157 views)
 Tasted by Matt Scott on 1/5/2013 & rated 96 points: The amount of aromatic complexity can set you motionless. There's anise, blackberry, broiled chicken, nutmeg and smoke, then showing thyme and dark berry on the palate, which shows round and polished tannins. A striking and level vanguard, then every floor of your palate is exposed to a legendary, balanced Syrah. Renaissance is really epic this vintage, with the '09 (95 points) being a different animal. Concentrated and a violet, black colour. Magnetic, iridescent and scrumptious. Ripe and the terroir is shining. The vibes are showing more age and sagacity. Drink 2017 - 2037 (2825 views)

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Syrah

Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.

 
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