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Clusel-Roch "Les Vergers" Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2019

Clusel-Roch "Les Vergers" Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2019

Clusel-Roch "Les Vergers" Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2019

AOC:  Côte-du-Rhône

Terroir:  Located north of Ampuis, on ferrous micaschist soils. These slopes face south-east.

Area:   4.5 ha

Grape variety:  Massal selection Syrah (old serines from Ampuis).

Age of the vines:  10 to 15 years

Work in the vines: We cultivate our vines as naturally as possible. The work is mainly manual, the relief preventing any major mechanization. The density is more than eight thousand vines per hectare. In winter, the soils remain naturally grassy. The vines are trellised on iron wires. They are cut in cordon de Royat. The soils are worked in spring and summer. We do not use chemical fertilizers, but composted manure, and only treat very moderately, without insecticides or synthetic chemicals. Our vines come from our own selections of old “serines” (traditional Syrah from Ampuis), which we graft to the estate. These “serines” are less productive and give grapes with more complex aromas than modern selections.

Vinification: The harvest is done by hand. Careful sorting is carried out in the vineyard by the pickers. Arrived at the cellar, the grapes are vatted by gravity; 30% whole bunches. Fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts. During the vinification, punching down and pumping over follow one another. We maintain a moderate temperature for gentle extraction. We devat after 3 to 4 weeks following tasting.

Ageing:   1 year in oak barrels, (228l barrels), (15% new, fine-grained French oak benefiting from 4 years of drying) to 12 years

Annual production:  Around 15,000 bottles / year

Aging and peak :  They can be drunk in the year following bottling, in order to take full advantage of their youthful aromas, or a few years later, when age has added to their complexity.

Tasting:  This wine benefits from a terroir of ferrous mica schists, hence its complexity, a generously fruity and spicy mouth that the Syrah gives us, a strong tannic presence.

Food and wine pairing:  A nice grilled meat, a leg, a duck. On older wines we will have good pairings with game.