It’s a rocking wine in the vintage - 2011 Clape Cornas Magnums

Posted by Ian McFadden

"It’s a rocking wine"
2011 Clape Cornas Magnums

There are only a handful of traditionalists left in the Northern Rhône that can hold court with Clape.

Think of heavy hitters like Chave, the Jamet brothers and Allemand.

If Allemand is Cornas as silky, fine and bright, Clape shows the region's dark side, wonderfully bone-crushing and savory.

Clape magnums are very rare. This is one of three listings for the '11 Clape in magnum.

Clape really nailed the 2011 vintage. Clape's 2011 Cornas has all of the clarity and texturally suave concentration of the vintage. To this, it adds a density and complexity that really separates it from the pack. Jeb Dunnuck highlights the "massive minerality," which is undeniably present. There's also a vast medley of spice, herbs, dark fruits and deep meatiness.

Clape Cornas transforms in the cellar, tamed by age the wines reveal a refined core of herbal elegance. An '88 that we opened not that long ago drove this home in a really big way. We have high hopes for the 2011, especially out of magnum.

There's not much left to say. Clape has been a pillar of Cornas for decades upon decades. They have vines in the most prestigious sites: Reynards, Les Mazards and Sabarotte. And as the 2011 makes clear, Clape remains one of the great voices of Cornas. I encourage you to jump on this small parcel of magnums.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits