As a continuation from tasting Luke Lambert’s wines, he shelled out some serious dough to pour out the syrahs as a way of illustrating the style of wine he is aiming to perfect. Admitting his preference for Northern Italian cuisine, it is therefore an interesting association he makes with wines of Cornas which can either be rustic/ traditional, or completely modern. Here, we had the opportunity to compare and contrast both approaches.
Vincent Paris 30 Cornas 2009, Northern Rhone
AUD$75. Intense ruby colour. Lovely youthful perfume of dark berries, juniper berry and violets. A full-bodied wine with an even slate of med+ tannins, high acidity. Bright, concentrated dark berry fruit flavours before trailing off into a long rich finish. Drink 2014 – 2022. 91/100.
Vincent Paris 60 Cornas 2009, Northern Rhone
AUD$100. The main distinguishing feature of the ’60’ is it is vieilles vignes. Intense ruby colour, more floral than the ’30’ but retaining that core of dark berries, blackberries and with a hint of smoky cured meat too. Dry, full-bodied wine, younger tannins than the ’30’, even smooth velvet texture, fresh acidity though again, seems less prominent than the ’30’. A classy wine that will undoubtedly benefit from cellaring. Drink 2015 – 2030. 93/100.
Auguste Clape Cornas 2007, Northern Rhone
AUD$200. Intense dark ruby colour. Notes of smoked wax meat, mild violet florals, basil and black olive. A full-bodied wine with high acidity and high level of tannins layered across an even slate. Flavours of plum fruit, dark cherry and a peppery finish. A lovely drinkable wine for almost any occasion. Drink now – 2020. 92/100.
Auguste Clape Cornas 2008, Northern Rhone
AUD$200. Dark ruby colour. Clean youthful nose of bright berry fruit, but its not as forthcoming as the 2007 which I would describe as being ‘cleaner’. Still, the rustic meaty characteristic of Clape wines is clear and present. A full-bodied wine, high intensity with dry grainy tannins. Rich flavours of black cherry, black plum fruit, and in this regard, the 2008 is more robust than the 2007. Drink now – 2020. 92-93/100.
p.s. The Clape 2009 is going to be one of the most brilliant wines you will ever taste from this region. Buy it if you can afford a stash.