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Community Tasting Notes (5) Avg Score: 91.3 points

  • Textbook blood and iron. Very clean. Lots of presence if a touch lean. Not mean though - more sinewy. Lacks the complexity for top marks. Very enjoyable; and little change over 2 hours, so no hurry on this showing.

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  • I could write it all again but this bottle summons the same experience as in the tasting note from last month. Terrific wine, terrific QPR, with the caveat that you don't mind some animale' and rusticity in your Northern Rhone reds. Didn't plan to open this last night, but had to grab something quickly, on very short notice. Bottle #5 of six.

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  • Medium red, vibrant. Aromas are pure Cornas from great years: bags of olives, smokey fire, roasted meats, tarry and almost roasted raspberry, menthol. On arrival, medium-low tannin and balanced acidity, each stiffening with two hours air. In the mouth, flavors echo the nose, with a little vague animale' (fur, if you ever had sweaty horse hair in your mouth you'd remember this forever) in there too. Finishes with fine-grained, persistent tannin; very fine, long. Bottle #4 of six.

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  • Medium red-purple, much fine sediment. Nose of olives, salami, black raspberry, garrigue. Medium acids, medium tannin; balanced. Flavors typical of Cornas' soil, meaty, earthy, tarry, deep berry fruit with a good lash of acids and mineral aftertaste. Finishes a little tart. Long life ahead. Bottle #3 of six.

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  • dark, opaque purple, this is redolent of earth and ripe plum, with slightly metallic beef overtones. Tannis quite well integrated into the overall picture, and not as rustic as I expected, showing an almost elegant mouth-coating presence and very good length. Very classy Cornas.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Domaine Auguste & Pierre-Marie Clape Cornas Renaissance) Subscribe to see review text.

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