Domaine Auguste Clape Syrahs from the cru of Cornas are among the most celebrated wines of France. Their family have been vignerons for many generations, first in the Languedoc up to the early 1900s, and then in the Rhone Valley. As if tradition, the majority of growers in Cornas sold their fruit to negociants. Auguste was the first to bottle his own wine, paving the way for such contemporary superstars as Thierry Allemand.
The domaine owns vines in the prime parcels of Reynard, La Cote, Les Mazards, Pied La Vigne, and Les Sabarottes (recently acquired from the retired Noel Verset.
• All Clape wines are harvested by hand, sorted and are not de-stemmed
• Whole grape clusters are fermented with natural yeasts in open air cement cuves with punch-downs or pump-overs twice a day over 12 days
• Malolactic fermentation occurs in foudre• Aged for 22 months in 6 or 12 hecto-liter foudre