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2008 Domaine Auguste & Pierre-Marie Clape Cornas Renaissance
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011

($64) Bright ruby. Lively aromas of raspberry, cherry, spice cake and flowers. Sweet red fruit flavors give way to deeper blackberry notes on the palate, with gentle smokiness and a touch of licorice adding complexity. Nervy acidity adds definition and cut to a long, energetic finish. Olivier said that these lively '08s might surprise people with their ability to age.

92 Points | Wine Spectator

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