Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux

France, Rhône
https://www.coterotie-duclaux.com

Founded by Frédéric Caillet, the great-grandfather of brothers Benjamin and David in 1928, and then developed by their father Edmond, the domaine consists of 5.8 hectares of vines above Tupin et Semons, in the southern end of the Côte Rôtie appellation, where the bedrock is gneiss. As they say, they are aiming to make the elegant style of wine which this rocky vineyard produces - and they certainly succeed. The Chana is a cuvée that is simply a 'gourmandise', supple, aromatic, fresh, pure. The Germine and the Maison Rouge are more structured, and while they can be drunk young, they will give their best with some age. The Domaine has also produced a small volume of Condrieu since 2014. The wine-making is gentle, there is 20% whole-bunch in the Germine, but otherwise the grapes are de-stemmed. The Chana is aged in demi-muids, the others in smaller barrels - the Maison Rouge getting 40% new wood.