Cornas: Domaine Clape 'Renaissance' 2014
"The 2014s are more elegant, silky and streamlined, yet offer classic characters and will evolve gracefully. Readers looking for a smoking good Cornas to drink over the coming 7-8 years need to latch onto bottles of the 2014 Cornas Renaissance, which is the estate's entry-level cuvée. Classic Clape in every way, with its meaty, bloody, iron, crushed rock and violet-tinged fruit, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and supple, with beautiful fruit. There's plenty of fine tannin here, but it also has a solid density of fruit and a beautiful texture. It's already hard to resist." 91/100. Drink 2016-2024.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, December 2016
Auguste, Pierre and Olivier Clape's Cornas 'Cuvée Renaissance' hails from their younger vines (albeit averaging over thirty years of age) and represents about a third of their total output.
It is surprisingly approachable within 2 years of bottling, with its youthful black fruit to the fore but thereafter it repays at least 5 years cellaring, whereby its robust tannins can soften with age and intermingle with its complex, dark, stone-fruit flavours and cooler granitic undertones.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Cornas|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Cellarage||Best drunk between 3 and 12 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness from 20(+) year-old vines, grown on the climats of Geynale, Tézier, Mazards, Patou and Pied la Vigne. Circa seven days of fermentation (with stems) at up to 34°C is followed by 3-7 days maceration to extract optimum tannins. Malolactic fermentation then takes place in wood followed by an 18 month élevage. Each lieu-dit is vinified separately and assemblage takes place just prior to bottling to produce the complex and distinctive house style.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Auguste, Pierre & Olivier Clape
The Clapes farm 5.38 hectares of vines at Cornas with further parcels classed as Côtes du Rhône and Saint-Péray. Although there have been Clapes at Cornas for at least 250 years, Auguste (1925-2018) was a first generation vigneron, having acquired his vines through marriage to his wife Henriette. His first vintage was in 1949 and he was the first independent vigneron in Cornas to begin domaine bottling his own wines in the early 1950s. Auguste was joined by his (then 40 year-old) son Pierre in 1989 and grandson Olivier in 2002. The entire Clape operation is infused with a sense of cautious modesty and genial simplicity – they have secured a profound international reputation by consistently producing top quality wine.View more wines from this producer...