The château possesses an ultramodern cellar whose original architectural style is reminiscent of a ship. Syrah and Grenache are the principal components of the blend, which also includes some Carignan. The low yields result in maximum concentration and complexity. The grapes are harvested with great care, with double hand sorting and destemming. After light crushing skin maceration lasts 25 days in 60Hl conical wooden vats, at controlled temperatures – between 22 and 24°. The wine is then matured in French oak barrels of 1wine then in conical wooden vats for 3 to 6 months before bottling.
Magnificent dense dark red colour. Very spicy nose (white pepper) with touches of black fruits (blackberry). An ample and very long mouth with velvety tannins. This very beautiful wine expresses by its concentration and its roasted notes all the complexity of the “terroir” of la Clape.
Food and wine pairing: filet mignon with pepper sauce, poultry supreme with cream sauce, Thai-style vegetable rice with soya beans and peppers.
To be decanted 30 minutes before
The La Clape hill range has a dry, harsh climate. Sunshine and wind form a generous couple with the exposed rocks either bathed in their warmth or buffeted by their force. La Clape is one of France’s sunniest spots, with up to 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. This is no accident – in the sky above, thirteen different winds cross paths. The Tramontane, Cers, Ponant, Spanish wind, Lebech and Gregaou, to name a few, take it in turns to drive away the clouds that may otherwise form a shroud over the beautiful peninsula. Occasionally, a southern storm rises and outsmarts La Clape’s windy allies. And when it does, the spectacle is as magnificent as it is rare.
Here, the soil series alternate: the land is home to a mantle of flat stones with sharp edges; red earth with oxidised iron; grey or yellow marl; and red or green sandstone for instance. La Clape offers a merry-go-round of soil types uniquely suited to the needs of each grape variety. The stones toughen up the vines and allow them to fully express their potential.