Vin de France: Domaine Clape 'Vin des Amis' 2016

Don't underestimate this 'knockout' Vin de France which the Clape family humbly label as a sharing 'wine of friends'. Yes, it is less complex and drinks earlier their Cornas wines, but it remains a serious, concentrated Syrah.
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Tasting Notes
Domaine Clape, sitting at the top of the Cornas hierarchy, produces this Vin de France from 1 hectare of vines that sit just outside the aforementioned AOC.
About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
Grape Variety (Cépage) Syrah
Vintage 2016
Cellarage Drink until 2026.
Vinification Aged for 6 months in béton (cement tanks), followed by a further 6 months in oak foudres.

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.

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