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.
This is not your average Cotes du Rhone! Grapes are sourced from a small old parcel of Syrah near Saint Péray and a parcel of Côtes du Rhône just outside the village of Cornas. Around 2% of the blend is free run juice from younger Cornas vines.
|Syrah / Shiraz
|Domaine Auguste Clape