Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021

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R 3 752
Lot 538
  • Auguste Clape; Cornas Renaissance; 2011; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 3 500 - 4 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 3 752
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Cornas Renaissance, 2011
3 (1 x 3) 750ml
The late Auguste Clape first went to Cornas in 1949 to marry his wife Henriette whose family owned 5 hectares of vines in the appellation. For many years, most growers in Cornas sold their fruit to négociants but Auguste became a local legend when he became the first to make wine from his own grapes instead of selling them. This decision set the tone for the future of Cornas. Today, his son Pierre-Marie and grandson Olivier Clape run the estate. Although they only farm 8 hectares, the tightly stacked and terraced vineyards present a huge challenge. The sharp precipices makes the use of any machinery impossible and, as a result, all the work must be done by hand. Clape’s powerful and authentic Syrahs, produced from the region’s best granite soils, have become world renowned and are among the most celebrated wines of France. They only produce two cuvées – the Cornas, from 40 to 90-year-old vines, and the Cornas Renaissance which is produced from their younger vines.

Critics Ratings

‘As with the 2012, the 2011 Cornas Renaissance (22 months in foudre) is more approachable than the straight Cornas. Inky purple in color, it exhibits gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, spring flowers and underbrush to go with a rich, full-bodied, voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Still packing a wallop of tannin that emerges on the finish, it will benefit from a year or two in the cellar and cruise for 10-15 years.’ – Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 94/100 (Dec 2013)

Provenance

Private Client


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