2019 La Viallière Domaine Clusel-Roch

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

Partially destemmed, natural yeasts, 2 years in barriques, 25% new oak. There's a little balsamic tang to the berry fruit here, and whiff of iron. Very fine and measured palate, fine tannin, though the acidity is low. Authentic transmission of terroir, it still has lots to offer. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 94 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (Mar 2021)

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100% Syrah. Organic. Partial destemming. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Two years’ ageing in 228-litre oak, 25% new. Barrel sample. Tasted blind. Reticent nose that is suggesting blue and sweet blackberry fruit. Real linearity here with a subtle peppery note and very fine tannins. There is a seductive and mysterious feel to this wine, there is a lot of fruit and power waiting to come out over the coming years, such lovely freshness. Drinking range: 2025 - 2032 Rating: 17.5+ Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2020)

Highly perfumed, mineral-drenched dark berry, violet, smoky mineral and olive paste scents show excellent clarity and a hint of smokiness. Sweet, palate-staining blackberry and floral pastille flavors deepen with air and show a candied licorice note on the back half. Rich but lively as well, closing with firm cut on a persistent, sharply focused finish, which features fine-grained tannins and suave floral and exotic spice notes. Rating: 95-97 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.

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