CÔTE RÔTIE

2018 La Viallière Domaine Clusel-Roch

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Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Certified Organic
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 14%
Vineyard La Viallière

Tasting this after the more upfront 'Les Schistes' is to step in to another world. This is Syrah on a very different register. There is more lift, A floral note of violets. Purple and blue fruit dominates the underlying more sappy dark stuff. Very sophisticated feel. The restraint and minerality here owe much to these old vines and the great height of this vineyard. Totally lovely. Drinking range: 2026 - 2035 L&S (Feb 2020)

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Aromas of fresh black/blue fruits, pungent flowers, olive and allspice on the incisive nose. Weighty yet lively black currant, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors show fine delineation and take on a smoky mineral nuance on the back half. Steadily building tannins shape an extremely long, penetrating finish that echoes the floral and mineral notes. The balance of power and finesse here is pretty impressive. Rating: 94-95 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (May 2020)

Domaine Clusel-Roch

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.

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