Cornas: Elemental force

Olivier at Domaine Clape, one of the best estates in Cornas   Syrah is a versatile grape. At one end of the scale, it can make light, fresh, quaffable tonics, bright purple, scented with violets and tasting of blackberries. Cornas, however, lies at the other extreme. These are mightily powerful, black wines of thunderous intensity. It’s a storm surge in a bottle. This tiny appellation lies…

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2013 Rhône Report – out now

Tasting with Philippe Guigal, July 2014 I spend one month every year compiling my annual Rhône Report, so it's always a great feeling when it's finished and ready to read. I hope it's fair to say that it's the most useful and most readable guide to the new vintage that money can buy. You can download a copy here: http://www.timatkin.com/reports/2013-rhone-special-report Since I spend so long…

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