- Domaine Clusel-Roch
- Côte Rôtie
- 2019 - 2030
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Goedhuis, October 2016
This parcel within the Côte Brune is particularly respected amongst Côte Rôtie’s vignerons. The high proportion of stones in the schist soil aid drainage, and produce wines of great finesse and notable substance. A floral dried rose petal aroma introduces the wine. There is a tender sweetness of red fruits on the entry and a long, precise, fresh finish. The greater structure here is matched with 25% new oak.
John Livingstone-Learmonth, April 2016,
Score: 4.5 stars
(cask) bright red robe. A floral air floats across the nose, rose hip, with a tender roundness of red fruit and a little oak. This is stylish, graceful, gives a very beautiful display of neat red fruit. It glides with a caress of pleasure, has great poise, is a wine on maximum charm. Its tannins develop intricacy and mineral, floral perfume. This is a Beauty. It is STGT wine, very true. 2039-42. www.drinkrhone.com
Over the past few vintages Guillaume Clusel has made his mark on his parents’ estate, which is nestled below the steep slopes of the Côte Brune. The style here has always been understated yet complex, where Burgundy-like finesse is combined with Syrah’s natural muscle. The domaine has some very old parcels of Syrah vines, and has been organically certified since 2002. The delicate handling in the vineyard and cellar results in wines with lower alcohol than many of their neighbours, and means they produce hugely pure, distinctive wines that avoid any over-extraction. Guillaume never employs a cold soak prior to fermentation and uses a high proportion of whole bunch fruit. As a result, the wines are often paler in colour than their neighbours. This is certainly the case in 2017. From 2016 onwards the estate no longer produces their young vine cuvée, ‘La Petite Feuille’, as the vines have reached sufficient maturity to be included in the main Côte Rôtie blend, ‘Les Schistes’ (formerly known as ‘Classique’. Keep up!). Rhône expert John Livingstone-Learmonth describes Les Grandes Places as ‘a formidable wine of challenging complexity and well worth the outlay.’
Only a red wine appellation, Côte Rôtie is the most northern of all Rhône appellations and is produced mostly from Syrah, although Viognier may contribute up to 20% of the blend. Its terroir is divided into two categories. Côte Brune's soil is comprised of iron-entrenched granite giving thesoil a rich red-brown colour. As a result, it creates wine of notable power and concentration that usually needs time in the cellar to soften and develop. Heading south down the slope towards Condrieu, one encounters Côte Blonde, an area comprised of decomposed schist and mica that is lighter in colour and tends to produce elegantly styled wine for earlier consumption (most of the area's Viognier is grown here). Many traditional producers of Côte Rôtie feel that their best wines are a blend of the two.