Saint-Péray: Domaine Clape 2020
"The 2020 Saint-Péray is well worth seeking out, not only in this vintage, but in every vintage I’ve tried. It offers a classic Saint-Péray sense of minerality and salinity as well as medium to full-bodied richness, some citrus and quince fruit, outstanding balance, and a great finish. 91-93/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - JebDunnuck.com
This Saint Péray, an elegant white Rhône wine, is difficult to source 'sur place' let alone on foreign shores. It has appealing apricot scents and a smoothly-textured, mid-weight palate of plums and peaches with subtle, savory notes of fennel and minerals and a persistent, dry finish.
This Marsanne - Roussanne blend is as rare as hen's teeth, with only 4000 bottles being produced per annum. It is the only white wine produced at legendary Domaine Auguste Clape, and hails from the tiny (65 hectare) appellation of Saint-Péray on the West bank of the Rhône opposite Valence. Clape followers should get on to this one!
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Saint-Péray|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne, Roussanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2024.|
|Vinification||One third of the juice is raised in oak foudres, one third in steel tanks and one third in cement vats for a minimum of 6 months prior to blending and bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
The Clapes farm 5.38 hectares of vines at Cornas with further parcels classed as Côtes du Rhône and Saint-Péray. Although there have been Clapes at Cornas for at least 250 years, Auguste (1925-2018) was a first generation vigneron, having acquired his vines through marriage to his wife Henriette. His first vintage was in 1949 and he was the first independent vigneron in Cornas to begin domaine bottling his own wines in the early 1950s. Auguste was joined by his (then 40 year-old) son Pierre in 1989 and grandson Olivier in 2002. The entire Clape operation is infused with a sense of cautious modesty and genial simplicity – they have secured a profound international reputation by consistently producing top quality wine.
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