- Domaine Clusel-Roch
- Côte Rôtie
- 2026 - 2040
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
This cuvée is always the most powerful of the Clusel Roch parcels. Grandes Places is a south/South-East facing plot high up the schist slope. With vines dating back to the 1930s, this is an immense wine which will deserve some time in the cellar. Remarkable concentration on the nose with a heady perfume of deep black, red and blue fruit and mineral undertones. The palate is perfectly chiselled, shaped by a magnificent framework of sleek tannins and acidity as well as layer upon layer of precise, delicious fruit. Drink 2026 – 2040.
John Livingstone-Learmonth, October 2021
Dark robe; the nose conveys elegance, a curvy coulis of red fruits aroma, discreet notes of violet, blue fruit, perfume within. The palate presents a serene, full, gliding wave of red fruited content, silk in the feel, and gras that is stylish, sustained with precision. The tannins come along well, progressively, slot right in. It’s a rather stately, less wild and punchy LGP than recently, with clarity of fruit and neatness of tannins. The fruit peeks out neatly on the aftertaste, nice. It gives Burgundian pleasure, earlier drinking than the 2019 LGP. From 2027 -2053-55.
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.