2009 La Viallière Domaine Clusel-Roch

Grapes Syrah, Viognier
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 13%
Vineyard La Viallière

Even bluer and blacker expression than the 'tradition'. Very expressive nose, and while oak is a component it is the fruit flavours which easily domainate. Lots of volume and very pure. Just lovely and no wonder this is being bottled separately for the first time this vintage - its really tastes like a wine from a specific site with a real personality.

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Gorgeously ripe sweet cherry nose. Ripe but so fresh and pure. Heightened by a fine floral note – verging towards roses but not quite. Dense and intensely pure cherry fruit with a well-balanced framework of compact, fine tannins and fresh acidity. A baby with a promising future. Drink 2015-2025

Impressive purity of aroma, bacon, coal-dust. Delightful, genuine fruit, good manners. Top Burgundian elegance. Drink 2015-2026 - Decanter April 2011
***** 19.5

Saturated ruby. A perfumed, complex bouquet evokes dark berries and cherry pit, along with suave floral and spicecake qualities. Juicy and silky in texture, offering sweet, palate-staining black raspberry and cassis flavors. The spicy quality gains strength with air and carries through a long, seamless finish. I find this wine highly appealing already.


Founded by René Clusel in 1969, the winery is now run by his son, Gilbert and wife Brigitte Roch with their son now taking more and more on when not working on his own wine-project nearer Lyon. Today the property is still tiny: despite the addition of a small parcel in St Joseph they retain just five hectares in Côte Rôtie and just half a hectare in Condrieu. The vines are planted on terraces along the Côte Rôtie, with two wooden stakes tied above each vine to help protect against the region's occasionally howling winds. Having officially converted to organic farming practices in 2002 (and now fully certified organic), most work in the vineyards is done manually, without the use of any chemical fertilizers. In order to even better express the tradition of the vineyard, the domaine only uses vines from their own selection of Syrah plantings, which are grafted in their own small nursery. According to Gilbert, these traditional Ampuis vines (vieilles serines) are less productive and give more complex aromas than available modern selections. The grapes are all hand-picked, backbreaking work on these perilous hills and left to naturally ferment with wild yeasts. This approach furthers the site purity in each of their wines. Annual production here still hovers at about 1250 cases per year, these are beautifully made wines with a very pure expression of place from this great region.

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