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Domaine Clusel Roch, 'Les Traboules' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2020
France / Red

Domaine Clusel Roch, 'Les Traboules' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2020

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Tannins

Notes from Grand Cru Selections:

"The first time you set your eyes on the hills of Côte Rôtie, it is impossible not be overwhelmed with their beauty. The cliff-like granite hillsides seem to have burst from the Earth with vigor and violence. Only the truly dedicated would decide to make their living there. No tractor on Earth can plow these vineyards – everything has to be painstakingly done by hand. This is the place that Domaine Clusel-Roch calls home.

Based in Verenay, the northernmost village in Côte Rôtie, this tiny 3.5 hectare domaine is run by Gilbert Clusel, his wife Brigit, and their son Guillaume. Gilbert’s grandfather planted the foundation of the winery in 1935, the vineyard now known as ‘Les Grandes-Places’, using a low yielding clone of Syrah called Serine. All subsequent plantings have been selection massale from that vineyard, a rarity in the region as higher yielding material became more prevalent. The Clusel family was also early believers in the advantages of organic farming, and would become pioneers of the movement within the region as they converted fully in 1990."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Coteaux du Lyonnais
Region
Northern Rhône
Varieties
Gamay
Farming
Certified Organic
Soil
Glacial moraines and some granitic areas
Winemaking
Harvest and sorting is done by hand. The grapes are partially de-stemmed and crushed before being put into tanks. Fermentation is carried out by indigenous yeasts. The extraction is very gentle.The wine is aged for 12 months in 2-3 year old barrels.