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2003 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas #172394970


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Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "...offers gorgeous fruit and full-bodied richness, with a still lively and fresh profile. Bloody meat, blackberry liqueur, licorice and gamey notes all emerge from this knockout Cornas… (JD)" 96 points Vinous "...is a rich, powerful and deeply concentrated wine that shows a sweet, liqueur-like quality to its cherry and creme de cassis flavors, which are complemented by salty olive, mineral and licorice flourishes. Aeration brings up suave floral and exotic spice notes, along with a hint of espresso. There’s almost shocking freshness to this generous Cornas, which shows the warmth of the vintage in its best light, and finishes with superb persistence and sneaky tannic grip. (JR)"

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Domaine Auguste Clape of Cornas

About Domaine Auguste Clape

Domaine August Clape, a prestigious wine producer in Cornas, has long been celebrated for crafting rich and powerful wines that have earned a place among France's most cherished offerings. Established over 250 years ago, this family-owned estate is now helmed by Pierre-Marie and Olivier Clape, who continue to uphold the winemaking traditions that Robert Parker regards as "the reference point for the appellation. (WA)"

The estate's vineyards, spread across eight hectares, are situated on steep, hand-tended terraces with granite subsoil, optimal sun exposure, and exceptional parcels such as Reynards, La Côte, Geynale, Tézier, Petite Côte, Les Mazards, Patou, Pied La Vigne, Chaillot, and Sabarotte. The challenging terrain makes it impossible to use machinery, requiring all work to be done by hand, with the Clapes employing old-fashioned instinct and common sense in their viticultural practices.

Domaine August Clape's Syrah wines are known for their dark berry, black olive, dried herb, smoke, and violet flavors when young, evolving into complex and velvety masterpieces with age. The grapes are picked at optimal ripeness, reminiscent of Southern French wines. August Clape was a pioneer in Cornas, being the first to bottle his own wine in 1957.

The winemaking process involves whole-cluster fermentation of individually vinified parcels, followed by an élevage lasting 12 to 22 months in old, oval foudres. This technique adds depth to the wines' natural complexity. Capable of impressive longevity in the cellar, Clape's Cornas wines can also be appreciated while young and fresh to better understand their evolution.

With an annual production of 2,500 cases, Domaine August Clape practices Lutte Raisonnée farming, an approach that emphasizes sustainability and respect for the environment. For wine enthusiasts seeking a taste of traditional Syrah from the Northern Rhône's sculptured slopes, Clape's Cornas is the ideal starting point.

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