This was the first year that Pierre Clape, of Domaine Clape, had witnessed frost on the slopes of Cornas; from these parcels he lost 40% of his crop.
On the flat, however, it was much worse – here he lost 90%. Like almost everybody else, he had to raise alcohol levels – here by adding concentrated must – to achieve 12% alcohol. The last time they had to do this was in 2008.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for top-scoring Cornas & St-Péray 2021 wines
Matt Walls’ top-scoring Cornas & St-Péray 2021 wines:
The wines below all scored 93 points or above, and are listed in order of St-Péray and Cornas in score order.