Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021

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R 6 449
Lot 540
  • Auguste Clape; Cornas; 2014; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 5 500 - 6 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 6 449
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Cornas, 2014
3 (1 x 3) 750ml
The late Auguste Clape first went to Cornas in 1949 to marry his wife Henriette whose family owned 5 hectares of vines in the appellation. For many years, most growers in Cornas sold their fruit to négociants but Auguste became a local legend when he became the first to make wine from his own grapes instead of selling them. This decision set the tone for the future of Cornas. Today, his son Pierre-Marie and grandson Olivier Clape run the estate. Although they only farm 8 hectares, the tightly stacked and terraced vineyards present a huge challenge. The sharp precipices makes the use of any machinery impossible and, as a result, all the work must be done by hand. Clape’s powerful and authentic Syrahs, produced from the region’s best granite soils, have become world renowned and are among the most celebrated wines of France. They only produce two cuvées – the Cornas, from 40 to 90-year-old vines, and the Cornas Renaissance which is produced from their younger vines.

Critics Ratings

‘The 2014s are more elegant, silky and streamlined, yet offer classic characters and will evolve gracefully. Tons of cedary spice, pepper, iron, beef blood, crushed rock and new saddle leather, the 2014 Cornas is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured, with ripe, present tannin. It needs 2-4 years of cellaring and will have 10-15 years of longevity.’ - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (Dec 2016)

‘Bright purple. Powerful, smoke-accented black and blue fruit, candied flowers, licorice, olive and Indian spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Sappy, concentrated and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet blackberry, cherry compote, violet pastille and spice cake flavors that show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Expressive and surprisingly lithe given its depth, finishing with building tannins and impressive, blue-fruit-dominated persistence.’ - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 94/100 (Jul 2017)

Provenance

Wine Cellar Private Client


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