The history of the Auguste Clape estate dates back to the 19th century, when vines and cereals are cultivated on a few plots.
With the arrival of phylloxera in Cornas in 1865 and the first world war, the vineyard tends to decline. It was in 1925 that Antoinette Frugier, heiress of the estate, began to produce wine in bulk for the merchants of Saint Peray and the bistrots of Valence. In 1949 her daughter Ariette took over the 4 hectares with her husband Auguste Clape. With the help of other producers of the appellation, the Clape spouses create the wine market in Cornas. The Domaine Auguste Clape is today one of the largest in the Rhone Valley.
His son Pierre-Marie, after a visit to the domains of Tempier and Vieux Télégraphe, joined the estate in 1988 and continued the reasoned work that his father initiated. His grandson Olivier also arrives in 2002 with his experience in Napa Valley, Australia and New Zealand.
Harvesting is manual and vinification is done in whole bunches.
100% Syrah, the two-year aging is done in concrete vats then in old casks. The result is straightforward, racy wines, with a sobriety that allows them to cross the time with panache. Only 2 vintages are produced: Cornas with vines from 40 to 90 years old and Renaissance with younger vines.
Auguste Clape died in 2018 by transmitting an area that is a reference for the appellation and which looks to the future with serenity.
Area: 8.8 ha; Production: 30,000 bottles / year; Average age of the vines: 45 years; Red grape varieties: Syrah; White grape varieties: Roussanne, Marsanne
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