- Domaine Clusel-Roch
- Côte Rôtie
- 2024 - 2032
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
From a small 0.7 hectare southeast-facing plot in the north of the appellation with soils rich in iron and mica-schist. A compelling nose of glossy black and red fruits, exotic spice, black olive and crushed violets. The palate is nicely focused showing wonderful lift and freshness with a mineral core that trails enticingly on the finish. Drink 2024-2032.
John Livingstone-Learmonth, October 2021
Quite a dark red colour. The nose is clear toned, has airs of neat cherries, hints of dusty trails, sandy beaches, an intricate violet line. The palate sets off with a clear and crisp debut, runs with a good underpin of red berry fruit, delves into the schist for its iron on the finish, a note of violets there. It carries spicing, cut, tang, will be good from 2027. It has more style than the deeper 2019. Drink 2052-54
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.