Perhaps the most overlooked sign of a world-class domaine is its ability to undergo smooth successions. Occasionally, we’ve watched a producer of phenomenal wines hand the reins to the next generation only for the heir to fumble the hand-off for one reason or another. A truly outstanding family domaine, by contrast, is one in which there is continuity and harmony in the wines from one generation to the next. Take Domaine Clape, for example. Following the passing of Auguste Clape in 2018, at the age of 93, we never had any doubt that this legendary vigneron’s legacy and life’s work rested in good hands—those of his son, Pierre-Marie, who started working with his father in 1989, and grandson, Olivier, who joined the domaine in 2002. During that time, they gleaned as much wisdom as they could from Auguste, who had tended his vines manually on the incredibly steep slopes of Cornas for decades before this northern Rhône appellation finally earned its deserved acclaim. Today, under Olivier, the domaine produces wines—among the most soulful you’ll taste in your lifetime—that are as stirring and tradition-bound as ever. From the vibrant and juicy Vin des Amis to the appellation-defining, age-worthy Cornas, the four Syrahs below all offer stunning expressions of this tiny slice of the Rhône valley. The white Saint-Péray, meanwhile, comes from just south of Cornas, and displays all the magic that Marsanne can conjure in these parts. If you value purity, honesty, and soul in your wines, look no further than Domaine Clape.
Perfectly suited to the food of Lyon, these reds are versatile enough to pair with all kinds of other dishes you might cook at home, from seared tuna to quesadillas to the plain ol’ burger. This is a pair of wines that will serve you well again and again.
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Sauvignon Blanc comes in many forms, and we've put them all together right here for your enjoyment. You’ll find classics from its spiritual home in the Loire Valley, as well as characterful renditions from Bordeaux and Friuli.
It is often said that Chenin Blanc is the most versatile grape in the world. Capable of producing fine wines dry, sweet, still, and sparkling, and covering a fascinating array of aromas and textures from bracingly mineral to tenderly honeyed and everything in between, this noble cépage unquestionably deserves our full appreciation.
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