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Auguste Clape Cornas 2018

$189.00

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This wine is an iconic and excellent expression of this special terroir and the upper reaches of complexity in Syrah.
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For lovers of the Northern Rhone Auguste Clape needs zero introduction. Even those less familiar with the slopes along the river where Syrah reigns supreme have often heard the name. Clape is that important.

He almost single-handedly brought his home village of Cornas out of the old, négociant-centered model and into the estate-focused 21st Century. A former mayor of Cornas he is now synonymous with the best of what this village has to offer.

After nearly fifty years of winemaking, August is still going strong, though his son and grandson are doing much of the heavy lifting.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 97
"Spice- and mineral- accented dark berry, smoky bacon and floral pastille scents show excellent delineation and pick up deeper licorice and olive paste notes with air. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy boysenberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show outstanding depth and are lifted by a potent mineral flourish. Powerful yet lively in character, delivering solid finishing thrust and closing with noteworthy tenacity and youthfully chewy tannins that build steadily." -Vinous

Decanter

D 97
"A tasting of the various lieu-dits suggest a fairly classic vintage, on the riper side but not as ripe as 2015, with well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins that are relatively approachable for this domain. Some tanks showed a little raised volatile acidity, which may show up in the final blend. They will make Renaissance this year; tanks yet to be selected at this stage, so the score is very much just an early indication. Some rain in May had Pierre Clape worried about mildew, but a few treatments with copper did the trick - there was a little on his whites but not his reds. A relaxed harvest started on the 12th of September, fermentations were long with no destemming as usual, fermented in concrete, aged in large old oak barrels."

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Syrah
Winemaker: Pierre-Marie & Olivier Clape
Vineyard: 4.3 ha, 40-100 years old
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged 22 months in 6- to 12-HL foudres
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
A selection of the domaine’s oldest vines
Aged 22 months in 6- to 12-HL foudres

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Earthy , Minerally , Rich

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied