Cornas is a red wine made by Domaine Clape from Syrah in France, in Côtes du Rhône, St. Péray.
Auguste Clape, a proud and uncompromising pioneer of fine winemaking in the Northern Rhône, his Syrahs from the Cornas cru have earned their place among France's most celebrated wines.
Although the Clapes farm only eight hectares, the challenge presented by Cornas' rough, tightly packed terraced vineyards is enough to handle by anyone's standards. The dangerous cliffs make it impossible to use any machinery in the vineyards. All work must be done by hand. There are no official rules for their winemaking methodology: they work the old-fashioned way, by instinct, feeling and common sense.
These Cornas are capable of tremendous longevity in the cellar, although they also encourage tasting them while they are young and fresh, to better appreciate the evolution to come.
Tasting Notes of Domaine Clape Cornas
The nose has clear notes of olives, which are calmed down and reveal sweet spices. It has a high minerality and remarkable power, although balanced by acidity and fruit. Clear notes of liquorice, pepper and cinnamon on the palate.