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Domaine Auguste Clape,Côtes du Rhône

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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


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
Opaque purple red violet colour; reduction, tart and ripe black fruit, espresso, tar nose; very tight, tart black fruit, tar, tart berry palate with very firm tannins; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish.

The Domaine
Auguste Clape first came to Cornas in 1949 to marry his wife Henriette whose family owned 5 hectares of vineyards in the appellation. Today his son, Pierre-Marie and grandson Olivier Clape run the estate, which is considered to be the benchmark producer in the region. They farm 5.38 acres of Cornas including a resounding 3 hectares on the granitic soils of what is the finest plot in Cornas - Reynards. An "older-style" producer with no destemming, wild yeast ferments that take place in concrete vats and aging in older, neutral foudres for 20 months before bottling without filtration. If you seek a traditional Syrah from the sun-drenched, terraced slopes of the Northern Rhone, the stunning wines of Auguste Clape should be at the top of your list.

"…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.