LVT 2019 r 2018 wh STGT domaine - the reference point. Prime vineyards, unhurried winemaking. It has always been whole bunch, with old oak small barrels of around 12 hl used for the raising. The wines show the depth and energy of Cornas' granite base, their lithe fruit and sinewed tannins coming together only after some years. The best vintages can live for 30 years or more: the 2015 will run into the 2050s, for example, while the 2005 is still on its tight mineral grip at 15 years. The younger vines wine, Renaissance, introduced in 1997 and featuring "young" vines between 15 and 30 years' old, is accessible earlier, and about half+ the price.
There is also a Côtes du Rhône red based on granite and galet stone soils at and near Saint-Péray; this lives well, gives a lot wine for the price, while there is also a very neat Vin de France called Vin des Amis red - character and longevity in both. The Saint-Péray is a mainly old vine 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, raised 67% in vat, 33% oak barrel - very consistent and able to be drunk over six to eight years. Since around 2012, the soils have been worked more than before under Olivier Clape, with benefit for the vineyards and the quality of the fruit. From 2018 there has been only one bottling of the Cornas in October, two years after the harvest - the August bottling for the USA has been suppressed.
Pierre-Marie & Olivier Clape 146 Route Nationale 86 07130 Cornas
Tel: +33(0)475 40 33 64
Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Switzerland 3) GB
Percentage Exported: 75%
British Importers: Yapp Brothers, The Old Brewery Mere BA12 6DY +441747 860423 www.yapp.co.uk
USA Importers: Kermit Lynch Berkeley CA