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Auguste Clape, Cornas Renaissance, 2018


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The vines here are younger -- up to 30 years -- but the wine-making is pretty much the same as Clape's top Cornas. This will age well for a few years, but will be much more accessible at an early age.


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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.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"Powerful, mineral-driven aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, candied flowers, olive, musky earth and exotic spices. Densely packed and animated on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that unwind slowly with air and show fine delineation. The blue fruit and floral notes drive an impressively long, spice-laced finish that's given shape by fine-grained, slowly building tannins." -Vinous

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

• Blend: Syrah
• Vineyard: 1.2 ha, up to 30 years old
• Soil: Granite
• Aging: Aged 22 months in 6- to 12-HL foudres
• Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
• A blend of fruit from younger vines.
• Aged 22 months in 6- to 12-HL foudres.


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    Full Bodied