“The Clapes produce pure and vibrant wines that are a testament to Auguste Clape’s passion and tireless dedication to the cause of Cornas.”
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. The granitic rocks of Northern Rhône are the consequences of volcanic activity in the Massif Central three hundred million years ago. From Vienne to Valence, granite soils and very narrow steep slopes over are making ideal the cultivation of Syrah on terraced vineyards, bordered by walls that retain the earth.
History / Ethos
Domaine Auguste Clape, located in Cornas, is, according to critics and connoisseurs - one of the greatest pioneers of the Northern Rhône. His Syrahs from the Cru of Cornas are among the most celebrated wines of France. For many years, most growers in Cornas sold their fruit to négociants but Auguste was the first to bottle his own wine in the 1950s. The estate consists of 8 hectares of steep, tightly stacked terraced vineyards. The rough terrain means using any machinery in the vineyards is impossible.