For lovers of the Northern Rhone August 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.
"Low yields of just 27hl/ha this year due to coulure, instead of a more normal 37hl/ha - so there might be no 2017 Renaissance produced. A tasting of the main constituent parts from barrel suggests a potent, ripe, tannic style. The young Reynards is rich in fruit with good acidity, if high in alcohol; Sabarotte is resolutely Cornas: impenetrable, resinous, firm and saline; Petit Côte and La Côte are fleshy and rich; the older Reynards admirably complete, with a massive, ripe tannic load. Pierre compares it to the 2009, albeit more structured. You'll need to keep this for a while, but it will be rewarding when finally ready."
• Blend: Syrah• 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.