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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerDomaine Auguste Clape
SubRegionNorthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2000 and 2011 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Clape Cornas on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 10/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Souper chez le Baron (Joliette): Un nez fermier, de cerises noires,
Une bouche ronde et fraiche, à la texture bourguignonne, des arômes de pinot, mais une structure plus droite (Clos Rougeard??). Un vin incroyablement jeune et tannique, c'est hallucinant, presque inquiétant ce niveau de tanins, mais il est si jeune et frais. Un vin profond, que je mettais 15 ans plus jeune! 93-94 + pts

Il y avait longtemps que je ne m'étais planté autant sur un vin à l'aveugle! (521 views)
 Tasted by godx on 1/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Northern Rhone Dinner Part 3 - Cornas (Vancouver, BC): Beautiful nose. Classy and refined and almost a blend of the classic '96 with a bit of the sweetness from the '97. Sappy black fruits on the palate with excellent length. For the most part the structure has softened and moved into the background but there's still a touch of rusticity lingering around to remind you what you are drinking. Overall a bit richer than the '96 but definitely cut from the same cloth. Outstanding. (1241 views)
 Tasted by cfk49 on 12/29/2013 & rated 94 points: Cellared since original release. Kermit Lynch import, Lot L 9251. I took this bottle home to release because ullage was much more than for the other bottles I have -- close to 1 inch. This is a fresh, powerful, exuberant wine with mature fruit but possibly still with upside potential. It is broad in the mouth, still with some acidity on the palate and deep, dark fruit, but starting to gain some finesse from aging. (1097 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 6/26/2013 & rated 93 points: Ringer time. Brett, barnyard…very primary for a 90. Great structure and sweet palate. Lovely if you like the nose. (1545 views)
 Tasted by Marc on 6/22/2013 & rated 96 points: Bud's 70th birthday lunch - the day after (Eketahuna, New Zealand): Tremendous showing for this great wine. Smokey, leathery, vibrant blackberry, animal, mineral nose of great interest and complexity. The palates delivers on the exquisite promise of the nose in a fresh and mineral, layered and focused rich and ripe Syrah that is slightly rustic and has a bit of Brett but in a way that adds to the experience. Mature but still able to age for another case or two in a cold cellar. A great showing for Clape. (given to us by August Clape after visiting his cave in 1992) (1600 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 12/10/2012 & rated 95 points: Tasted blind. Color: medium/light ruby -> light ruby rim. Beautifully mature nose of leather, barnyard, cassis, some bacon notes. Huge palate showing amazing structure and poise. Complex tertiary notes of leather, tar, plums. Great wine and outclassing the two others in the flight ('88 Guigal Cote Rotie and '91 Chave Hermitage) by quite a ways. (2071 views)
 Tasted by Dokken on 11/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Evolved garnet colour with a fully developed quite earthy, bretty nose with mostly dried red fruit and undetectable oak. Complex and elegant with a silky texture, dark fruit, earth and medicinal notes on palate. Overall, a past its best and mellow wine with a smooth finish. (1638 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 11/22/2012 & rated 89 points: Bright garnet with some bricking on the rim. Bretty nose with intense barnyard, medicinal aromas, earthyness, leather and fading fruit. On the palate it is medium-bodied and silky-textured with a medium to long aftertaste. (1809 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 11/21/2012 & rated 92 points: This was the best wine among the four vintages -89, 90, 93 & 94 - of Clape Cornas we tasted last night. Fully mature with an expressive and complex, if quite rustic, nose with farmyard, leathery, damp earth and sus bois aromas but with a core of sweet cinnamon spice, mint, dark fruit and even cherry jam which gave a freshness and fruitiness to this old wine. In the palate it is more concentrated than the 1989 but still it is soft with resolved tannins and good flavor intensity which lingers. Serious and complex mature wine with character and some flaws. I was quite happy with it. (1332 views)
 Tasted by Barry Rothof on 11/17/2012 & rated 93 points: A. Clape Cornas tasting & d'Auvenay, PYCM, Selosse, Rieussec .... (Netherlands): A great year in the northern Rhône, despite the near-drought conditions. On the palate this was more polished than recent bottle’s. Impressive nose of dense olive tapenade, dried tobacco, and cherries. Great earthen-driven flavors of mushroom, tobacco, cherries and some spiced plums. Very nice integrated tannins, great depth, balance and a long powerful finish. While it’s insanely great to drink now, still a long and bright future. (1161 views)
 Tasted by Burgaddict on 11/17/2012 & rated 92 points: Leiden Clape Cornas tasting November 2012 (Leiden, The Netherlands): The best of the Clape Cornas we had this evening. Mature wine, softened tannins, soft mainly red fruit, mushrooms, some leather, nice acidity, all balanced. (1381 views)
 Tasted by tom999s on 5/13/2012 & rated 90 points: Reached it's end. Mature as tannins are almost completely non existent. Enjoyable after 2 hour decant (1574 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 12/2/2011 & rated 89 points: Bricking on the rim show it's age. On the palate it is round and lacks vibrancy, it feels past it's peak. Medium bodied nice aromatics on the nose but that's all. 89-90 and drink now (2010 views)
 Tasted by AleksanderDye on 8/11/2011 & rated 90 points: tydelig eik på duft, så bark og lær, noe sødme. smak av lyse røde bær med lær og litt sødme i ettersmak (2244 views)
 Tasted by darvid on 3/28/2011: Clape Cornas Vertical (RN74, San Francisco): Broader than the 1991 but not as deep. Came across as comparatively metallic, thin, a bit clumsy and lacking in site or varietal typicity. If I hadn't had the 1999 and 1991 I might have liked this better, but in any event it offers little elegance or distinction. (2892 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 11/8/2010: Cornas (28-50, London): Full, slightly cloudy ruby. Nose slightly different to the other wines, less typicity, I wouldn't go as far as Bordeaux that some are suggesting, but it ain't Cornas. Positive atatck, dense, quite fleshy fruit and etxture. A little too dry for th efruit I think, but certainly very nice. A food wine. ***1/2 (2958 views)
 Tasted by AJ72 on 8/18/2010 & rated 81 points: Very barnyardy on the nose which dominated initially and never quite went away. I remembered thinking this wine was very light for a Cornas. In fact it wouldn't have been outrageous to suggest its origins were from another region famous for wines light in colour further north. That said I found this wine just hanging on in all areas. Texturally the wine is bordering on lean and never really became as accessible as you would hope for a wine of this age and probably not going anywhere either. There is some Cornas character but it's maturity seems somewhat accelerated, at least in this bottle anyway. Shows glimpses of something more interesting but shuts down again just as quickly. I have had some fantastic wines over the years from this producer and from lesser vintages. I expected more from this. (2771 views)
 Tasted by AustinWineSalon on 3/25/2010 & rated 93 points: Definitive Rhone (Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen Austin, Texas): An outstanding wine among the many rhones we tasted in our salon, two groups put this wine at the top of a very good flight, another group preferred the younger wines of the flight. Upon opening the wine was quite barnyard-y, which blew off after 5 minutes. This is a big wine, probably young, and continued to develop for more than an hour in the glass. For one vet, it reminded of a classic hermitage (and he does like his hermitage!), for another vet, of a bordeaux (some bell pepper). The wine is bretty and funky, but some discernment into its smoke, pork fat, and leather character finds loads of flavors: black plums, black cherry, sweet black currant, black pepper, graphite, black olives, wet stone, brine, earth, tobacco leaf, stewed tomato, cherry pit. "Bright, happy, beautiful," she declared on this fine spring day, about the wine. Another established taster thought it "killer tight" with much time to go, and scored it a 98; a younger taster thought it dry herbal and barnyard, astringent, gave it an 85. Of course there is no right or wrong in taste, que syrah, syrah, but for me the '90 Clape was the best cornas I've drunk, and I think it will improve. I want it. (3373 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 10/10/2007: With GV. An explosive nose of tapenade with some meat behind the olives. The palate has nice acidity and is pretty round and pleasing. I don't get quite the waves of fruit described in other tasting notes, but at age 17 this is still awfully young and has mellowed enough to take on a nice roundness. Nothing very savage here. Quite polished and tasted blind I would guess this as a lot younger than 1990. (4222 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 4/18/2007 & rated 94 points: Older Rhone Dinner (Custom House): Full purple color. Huge sweet black jammy fruit. Big mouthful of black fruit with great balance and a hint of coffee. A pleasant surprise! (4862 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 1/9/2006 & rated 91 points: Tim's 1990 tasting (North Cheshire): Dark, rum and Xmas pudding nose, farmyardy, very farmyardy, smokey, powerful, lovely lingering aftertaste (5554 views)
 Tasted by DCornutt on 1/2/2006 & rated 93 points: Great nose. Meaty but with pure blackberry type fruit. The palate is very densely packed and shows lots of dark fruit that is wrapped in a meaty rind.
Great finish. Plenty of tannins. This needs some time. Maybe 5 years or so. Fabulous. (5559 views)
 Tasted by DCornutt on 11/22/2005 & rated 95 points: Purple color. Very young looking.
Beautiful nose of dark blackberry type fruit and meaty nuances.
The palate takes some time to unwind. Lots of dark fruit and a hint of bacon.
Meaty notes but very elegant. This wine finishes very long. A really stunning example of Cornas just starting into
its' teenage years. Remarkable. (5735 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/7/2003 & rated 89 points: Pinkish red color; meaty nose; tasty, cedary, meaty, evolved, tart red fruit palate with medium acidity; raisiny medium-plus finish (2979 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 6/7/2002 & rated 98 points: Weiner: Olives in this, asparagus, black pepper, musty, lightish body, nice balance; very tannic, lots of sediment. (2031 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/6/2009)
(Auguste Clape Cornas Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/7/2003)
(Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas) Pinkish red color; meaty nose; tasty, cedary, meaty, evolved, tart red fruit palate with medium acidity; raisiny medium-plus finish  89 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2001
(Auguste Clape Cornas) Aromas of big and alcoholic fruit here. Some touches of mint and coconut. The palate is stunning and stops me in my tracks, and my brain switches back on. A superb and delicious wine, elegantly balanced, with excellent fruit. Fine tannins. Finishes so cleanly.  19 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, August 2000
(Auguste Clape Cornas) A rich, purple hue. Tobacco, coffee, liquorice and fruit on the nose. Lovely fruit on the palate, with a superb, refined texture. Good balance of tannins and acidity. Delightful finish.  18+ points
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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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