2012 Domaine Clusel-Roch

Grapes Syrah, Viognier
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 12.5%

Nice nervy meat, spice and red cherry fruit, palate has lovely fruit ripeness, bright acidity, sappy, spicy, meaty with dark woodland fruit core and some wood notes on the finish.
(Nov 2015)

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Dark ruby. Red fruit compote and floral pastille scents show very good clarity, picking up pipe tobacco, violet and spicecake nuances with aeration. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering pliant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors given lift and spine by tangy acidity. Closes spicy and long, with silky tannins coming in late and adding gentle grip.
91/100 (Feb 2016)

Dark purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and smoky minerals. Spicy and focused in the mouth, with a peppery accent contributing lift to the sappy black and blue fruit flavors. Shows very good power and tension on the fruit-driven finish, which is given grip by youthfully firm tannins.
91 - 93/100 (Apr 2014)


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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