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Domaine Auguste Clape,Cornas "Renaissance"

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Region: Rhône Valley
Refined Region: Cornas
Vintage: 2008
Grape Varieties:
Syrah 100% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: Out of stock

€69.00

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
"Packed with blackberry and raspberry fruit, this is a bit of a brute now, with a brick wall of tannins hiding the espresso, mocha, mineral and tar flavours. Shows terrific intensity and drive through the finish, as the fruit gains more and more depth thanks to mouthwatering acidity. This will age for a generation. Best from 2008 through 2030." 97 points Wine Spectator

The Domaine
August Clape, at 86 years old, is one of the few remaining old heroes of French winemaking, an icon whose name is synonymous with some of the best wines in the Rhone, and some say the world. Clape is affectionately called the King of Cornas, both because his wines are widely considered to be the best from this tiny appellation and because he has sometimes single-handedly fought to maintain its integrity and recognition over the years. Certainly anyone who has decided to seriously explore Syrah cannot consider themselves educated until they have had a Clape Cornas, a legendary wine with an impressive mineral rich masculine firmness, ruggedness and long-lived complexity that is unmatched by wines from the nearby appellations of St Joseph, or even Hermitage. Perhaps due to the fact many of his vines are now approaching 100 years of age.

Press
"…the passionate guardian of a tradition that in many ways he defined … the reference point for the appellation." - Robert Parker

Food Pairing
Exceptional wine, exceptional food, pheasant, partridge, hare.