Auguste Clape

In the world of wine, there are many good winegrowers. However, there are only a very select few who are truly great, and Auguste Clape is among them. Critics and connoisseurs alike all agree that he is one of the greatest pioneers of the Northern Rhône, and his Syrahs from the cru of Cornas are among the most celebrated wines of France. 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 their fortunes, 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.

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Auguste Clape Cornas 2016
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93-97 For the 2016 Cornas, a couple of the foudres I tasted from were truly amazing, like the Sabarotte, which is imbued with the bloody-meaty essence of Cornas, velvety tannins and the Reynards Vieilles Vignes, replanted after phylloxera, which showed incredible perfumes and

Auguste Clape Cornas Cuvee Renaissance 2016
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-94I tasted from several foudres earmarked for the 2016 Cornas Renaissance. All showed good ripeness and richness allied to ample fruit and balanced tannins.

Auguste Clape Cornas Cuvee Renaissance 2015
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 The two Cornas releases in 2015 are head-turners that warrant serious attention. The 2015 Cornas Renaissance comes from the younger vines of the estate and terroirs closer to the village. I was able to taste the different components, all of which were loaded with fruit as well

Auguste Clape Cornas 2015
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95-97 The two Cornas releases in 2015 are head-turners that warrant serious attention. The flagship 2015 Cornas comes from the older vines of the estate, with a good chunk from the Reynard lieu-dit, which is unquestionably one of the grand cru sites in the appellation. This is a big,

Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2012
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-96 " Also gorgeous, and a wine that will be approachable at a slightly earlier date than the straight Cornas, the 2012 Cornas Renaissance delivers thrilling aromas and flavors of black fruits, liquid flowers, charcoal and charred beef that continue to develop and change in the

Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 "The 2011 Cornas Renaissance displays extraordinary purity and opulence along with notes of grilled meats, bouquet garni, blueberries, blackberries, cassis and spring flowers. The tannins are sweet and the wine is fleshy. No new oak is ever used at Clape, and the wines are aged

Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2009
93  International Wine Cellar 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2009 Cornas are off the charts. For example, the black/purple-colored 2009 Cornas Renaissance smells like a butcher shop with loads of bloody meat, a hint of tomato confit, smoky charcoal embers and scorched earth. It possesses sweet tannins, an opulent, voluptuous texture, a