The premiere Domaine of Cornas, Domaine Clape is synonymous with dark, opaque and brooding wines that are deeply tannic on release and almost impenetrable in the glass in their youth. With time in the cellar though, these components evolve into a seductive perfume of black fruits, white pepper and a complex spice flavours framed by softened tannins.
The Clapes farm 11 acres of vineyards of very old vines among the best sites (Reynard, La Côte and Sabarotte) of the steep, cramped hillside of Cornas. The wines see only 18 months in old oak barrels after a traditional fermentation before being bottled unfiltered. The best examples of Clape Cornas can last 20-30 years.
The only white wine produced at Domaine Clape. Only 4000 bottles produced. The St Peray is a blend of 40+ year old Marsanne vines (80%) and Roussanne (20%) from a newly acquired, younger vineyard. The wine is fermented in a mix of concrete/stainless steel vats and large, neutral oak barrels.
|Grape Variety||Marsanne (80%) & Roussanne (20%)|
|Brand||Domaine Auguste Clape|