Nothing like Chicago hospitality...; 4/6/2016-4/10/2016: What a great flight alongside the '01 Jamet - that was a classic example of Côte-Rôtie; but this is proper Cornas with its intense dark fruit, leathery and briny notes, and a density on the palate and spine of firm tannin that suggest it still has a lot of time ahead of it. Time brings out more meaty flavours and other savoury depth, but it's still very young.
Salil does Chicago 2; 4/6/2016-4/10/2016 (Chicago, IL): It was perhaps not too good to have this wine next to the 01 Jamet, which totally wiped the floor with this perfect example of old-school Cornas. There's a wild gameyness to the nose of this wine, as well as a heap of black fruit. With a little bit of swirling, you get a little more of the olive notes, but this wine is all about rusticity. Very dark and tannic, but there's ample acidic lift here to keep this wine enjoyable.
Souper-Dégustation avec Fabrice Delorme (à la maison): Un nez d'olive, de tapenade, fruit noir. La bouche juteuse, fraîche, avec des tanin fondus, une belle pureté, de l'allonge, dans un style assez viril, je pensais à un Hermitage 2001. Un excellent Cornas plein et abouti, prêt à boire, il ne lui manque qu'un peu de complexité. 90-91 pts
Very good Cornas with, like 1997, more graciousness than in many vintages. Full/medium bodied with expressive nose and palate, it showed cherry infused fruit together with lively acidity and hints of grilled meat, olives and metallic leather on a much more velvety texture than the matt feel of old and was supported on the finish by firm but well covered tannins. Some feel that the present generation at Clape together with other producers like Allemand are losing the true Cornas character by excessively civilising their wines but I love them like this.
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