Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette, Les Clapas Rouge, 6 Bottle Case, 75cl
Medium Body, Elegant and Aromatic red.
The Clapas, named after the limestone rock piles found in the vineyards, is a red blend that leads with Syrah, which makes up 50% of the blend. All of the clusters of the Syrah are in the mix for the fermentation and they contribute what one might expect from them: freshness, texture and exotic green animal nuances. (Delphine made it a point to say that they will never destem any Syrah they make because they add so much complexity.) The remainder is mix of 30% Carignan and 20% Grenache, both co-fermented with 50% whole clusters. The latter two grapes contribute more of the suppleness, but the combination of all three—three extremely noble grapes—makes for a wine broad in dimension and full in flavour.