CÔTE RÔTIE

2018 Les Schistes Domaine Clusel-Roch

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Grapes Viognier, Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Certified Organic
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 13.5%

The signature of the vintage is clear in the inviting generous nose on this sumptuous Côte Rôtie. There is an attractive polish and richness to the fruit that drives right through the nicely weighted middle. Super spice and savour whiffs of dried herb, and some aniseed too. Deep rich and sleek. This is joyful and immediately very hard to resist. You can drink this cuvée in the first couple of years on the primary fruit, but if you miss that window it's usually best to think of leaving it ten years or so, when it comes back in full glory. Drinking range: 2026 - 2033 L&S (Feb 2020)

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Saturated ruby. Displays candied blue fruits, cherry, pungent flowers, olive and baking spices on the highly fragrant nose. Sweet and precise on the palate, offering mineral-laced blueberry, cherry-cola and violet pastille flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends power and delicacy and finishes long and spicy, with discreet tannins adding framework and gentle grip. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 93 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2022)

Deeply scented aromas of dark fruit preserves, peony and olive paste, along with a spicy nuance that builds in the glass. Nicely concentrated and alluringly sweet, offering ripe blackberry, bitter cherry, floral and spicecake flavors that show fine delineation courtesy of a spine of juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and minerally thrust on the chewy, persistent finish, which features building tannins and lingering cherry liqueur and floral notes. Rating: 92-93 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 grapes in Côte-Rôtie. Their son, Gilbert, with his wife Brigitte Roch, started to focus solely on the vineyards, and expanded the domaine a little.

Guillaume, Brigitte and Gilbert's son, joined the domaine in 2009 and is now in charge. He added significantly to the vineyard area, but mostly with the addition of Gamay in the Coteaux du Lyonnais. While the property is around 13 hectares, 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, in the classic local style with two wooden stakes tied above each vine to help protect against the region's occasionally howling winds.

They were the first domaine to fully embrace organic practices and have been certified since 2002. They are a shining example of what can be achieved by hard work in the vineyards and truly artisan winemaking; their wines express the very best of this unique terroir up in the northern sector of Côte-Rôtie.

Les Schistes is the very approachable young cuvée from a selection of all plots, whilst the remaining cuvées are all single lieu dits. Annual production of Côte-Rôtie 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.

This wine isn't currently part of a mixed case, but you can always browse our full selection of mixed cases here.
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