Based on 2 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "The 2018 Cornas Renaissance shows less of the vintage's sunbaked character than you might expect, boasting floral notes and fresh red plum fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, silky in feel and even a touch crisp on the long finish. It should be reasonably long lived, drinking well through at least 2035. (JC)" 94-95 points Vinous "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. (JR)"
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About Domaine Auguste Clape
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.