Domaine Clape is an old-style producer whose wines see no destemming, wild
yeast ferments that take place in concrete vats and aging in older, neutral
foudres for 20 months before bottling without filtration. If you seek a
traditional Syrah from the sun-drenched, terraced slopes of the Northern Rhône,
the stunning wines of Auguste Clape should be at the top of your list.
This wine is bruding, with dark stony aromas, dark fruits and notes of
graphite, with plenty of spices and a fragrant lift. Tannins are dense and
commanding, and the length is outstanding.