Domaine Auguste Clape Côtes du Rhône 2016
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The Clapes have been vignerons for many generations, but the infamous grower strikes of 1906 and 1907 forced his grandfather out of the Languedoc and into the Northern Rhône to start anew from practically nothing. The Clapes rebuilt vineyards, terrace-by-terrace, along the steep, western slopes of the Rhône River. For many years, the majority of growers in Cornas sold their fruit to négociants. Auguste was the first to bottle his own wine, which eventually paved the way for such contemporary superstars as Thierry Allemand. Without pretense or fanfare, Auguste, the former mayor of Cornas, is a stately picture of grace and magnanimity—a no-nonsense wise man who is still interested in learning. Today, he works side-by-side with his son, Pierre-Marie, and grandson, Olivier. This special Côtes-du-Rhône rouge is made of 100% Syrah from 30-50 year ol
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
|Brand||Domaine Auguste Clape|
Wine SpectatorA gutsy version, with dark currant and warmed fig compote flavors that are spiked with tar, licorice root and sage details. A lingering charcoal note adds to the grippy feel. Drink now through 2028. 140 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cotes du Rhone is essentially declassified Cornas, so it's entirely Syrah but from young vines. It combines tarry notes with cherry fruit and some earthy notes. It's medium-bodied, with firm, dusty tannins on the finish.