Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 2008


A truly amazing wine of terroir that shows the essence of the Rhone. A must try.

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My wine of the night. Cornas to me is normally unpalatable but here we have a wine with great concentration of fruit over the animale, nutty, funky notes. Chocolate, dark fruits, herbal, anise. Lovely finish. Seriously impressive wine that is only just starting to evolve. When to drink the next bottle? 2026? Longer?

Marrying into 5 hectare of pristine Cornas vineyards, Auguste Clape built a stunning legacy making traditional Cornas. 100% stems, wild yeasts, concrete fermenters and large, old oak barrels for aging. These wines are some of the truest terroir wines in the world.

Rhone Valley

One of the great wine regions in the world. Situated along the Rhone river in South East France there is a distinct divide between the Syrah dominant North where the Mistral wind cools and regulates the temperature and the hot lands in the South where Grenache is at its peak. The region produces everything from easy going quaffers to wines that demand long term cellaring. Whites can be outstanding such as Viognier made in Condrieu and Rosé makes a fair impression too.


100% Syrah and generally earthy, lean, mean, mineral and tough wines when young. They need long aging to show their true charm and quality.


A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.

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