CÔTE RÔTIE

2017 Les Schistes Domaine Clusel-Roch

EN PRIMEUR

Expressive and pure on the nose with that really attractive blue fruits so enticing with young Northern Rhône Syrah, of schist, minerality coming through but the core of blueberry, blackcurrant and violets is very attractive, nice balance too between acidity and fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030L&S(Feb 2019)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 6)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

Tasted blind. Smoky nose, black-cherry fruit with some olive bitterness making a savoury and fairly austere impression. Moderate length, furry tannins, not much flavour persistence on the finish. Lacks the flair expected. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2019)

From the 1950s to 1980 René and Josephine Clusel grew fruit and vegetables as well as Côte Rôtie. Their son, Gilbert, with his wife Brigitte Roch, stopped farming fruit and vegetables alongside, and expanded the domaine a little. Brigitte and Gilbert's son Guillaume, who joined the domaine in 2009, has added significantly to the vineyard area, mostly with with the addition of Gamay in the Coteaux du Lyonnais. Guillaume has now taken over the running of the estate, and also buys in grapes from a few other other organic vine growers, notably for the Saint Joseph.

Today the property is around 13 hectares, but they still have only 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 fertilisers.

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.

ORDERING PRIMEUR WINES VIA OUR WISHLIST:

  • Add cases to your Wishlist (which appears in the sidebar and header separately from the main basket) which you can click to view and edit.
  • Submit your Wishlist with your details.
  • We will respond as quickly as possible with confirmation of your order and your invoice.

N.b. Certain wines which are on very tight allocations will be offered first to customers who buy across the range.

Alternatively please call or email the team. () or your normal Lea and Sandeman contact.

RHÔNE PRIMEUR FAQ

WHY ORDER PRIMEUR OR PRE-SHIPMENT? Ordering your wine before it is shipped from the producer means you secure the best possible price before the wines become available in the UK market. It is also the best way to avoid disappointment as some wines will sell out before arrival in the UK.

PRICES: This is a primeur/pre-shipment offer - all prices are quoted IN BOND ex-VAT. The prices are per pack as detailed - so if a wine is listed in twelve-bottle cases, the price given is per twelve, or if listed in six-bottle cases, the price given is per six, and so on. If it looks too cheap (and even if it does not), please check the case size.

DELIVERY COSTS: The In Bond prices are for in bond delivery. Under bond delivery to an L&S Elephant storage account at Octavian Corsham is free, but under bond delivery to other bonds or accounts will incur additional charges. Duty-paid delivery is included subject to our normal terms. In the case of wines required duty-paid, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rates will be charged prior to delivery.

L&S STORAGE: We will deliver your wines to your L&S ('Elephant Storage') In Bond storage account unless otherwise specified. You can find more details on Elephant Storage storage here or contact our Private Client team for more information. Do however proceed with your order first in order to secure your allocation, your storage account can be arranged later.

PAYMENT: Orders will be invoiced for payment by cheque, cash, debit card or cleared funds to our account. We regret that we are unable to accept credit cards for primeur sales.

DELIVERY TIMING: The wines are not yet physically available, but will be shipped over the course of the next few months. In most cases they will be delivered to you as they arrive with us, so if any are required by a certain date please advise us at the time of ordering.