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2015 Domaine Clusel Roch Cote Rotie ClassiqueBlend from France

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"We tend and cultivate our vines in the most natural way possible. Most of the work is carried out manually as large-scale machinery can not be used on the very steep slopes. O...

  • 93 Wine Spectator
  • 90-93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
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"Beautifully ripe and vivid, offering a torrent of plum, blackberry and anise flavors coursing through, carried by a bold graphite edge. The long finish shows drive and cut, with a serious buried iron note lingering. Best from 2020 through 2031. 75 cases imported."

90-93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

"Bright purple. Mineral-accented aromas of fresh dark berries and pungent flowers. Spicy and taut on the palate, offering spicy blackberry and violet pastille flavors and a hint of smokiness. Puts on weight with air while maintaining vivacity and focus. Finishes bright, silky and long, displaying very good clarity, harmonious tannins and building spiciness.

With Guillaume Clusel now handling more and more of the vineyard and winemaking responsibilities here, I've noticed a subtle change of style in the red wines in recent years. The Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôties have long been prized by their fans for their relatively light touch, but lately I've been seeing a bit more depth of flavor, with no loss of elegance, and the tannins seem to be even finer than in the past, even in the flagship Grandes Places bottling. Guillaume has his own domain, which specializes in Gamay, and I wonder if working with that variety has had an effect on his work with Syrah, because I definitely see even more graceful character in these wines now than in the past."

Product Description:

"We tend and cultivate our vines in the most natural way possible. Most of the work is carried out manually as large-scale machinery can not be used on the very steep slopes. Our planting density is eight thousand vine stocks per hectare. In the winter, the land is left untouched and grass grows naturally. The vines are either supported by stakes or are trained along wires depending on the steepness of the slope. The vines on stakes are 'goblet-trained' and the vines on wires are pruned using the 'Cordon de Royat' method. The soils are farmed in the spring and the summer. Instead of using chemical fertilisers, we use manually-spread composted manure. The vines are treated moderately without using pesticides or synthetic chemicals.

Our vine stocks come from our own selections of old Serine grapes (a traditional Syrah grape variety from Ampuis) which we graft at the estate. These Serines are less productive and allow the grapes to develop more complex aromas than if a more modern grape was selected.

The vineyards are situated in “Viallière”, “Champon” and “Le Plomb”, in the northern part of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, on ferrous mica schist soils. The slopes are south-east facing.

The wines can be drunk early on, during the year after bottling, to appreciate the fresh emerging aromas or can be kept a few years to allow the complexity of the aromas to flourish." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 105790
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Cote Rotie
Ratings

93 - Wine Spectator

90-93 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Syrah / Shiraz, Viognier
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, honey, orange, mango, kiwi and tangerine
Nose spice box, cedar, dark fruit, orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise and mint