Domaine Clusel-Roch, Côte-Rôtie Viallière 2017

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Back in the nineteen fifties René and Joséphine Clusel l began cultivating vegetables, fruit trees and Côte-Rôtie vines, like many other farmers in the Ampuis region, and they sold the wine in bottles. This was a time when Côte-Rôtie wines did not yet enjoy their current reputation, but René Clusel’s Côte-Rôtie was very popular with connoisseurs. Even though the vineyard was not well-known, his son Gilbert decided that the future lay with the Côte-Rôties. The vineyard evolved considerably during the 1990s. : The planting of the "massales" selection from the vineyard of Grandes Places, resumption of the ploughings, discontinuing of chemical treatments, construction of a new modern and functional cellar which works using gravity.
These changes drove naturally to the certification in organic farming of Côtes-Rôties during the 2000s, as well as to the resumption of grafting in the domain.

As the years passed, a new generation joined the team : Guillaume Clusel, the son of Gilbert and Brigitte, completed his wine grower's studies in 2009, and now participates in all aspects of the work. He also opened the domain to the third appellation of the historical area "Lyonnais", the AOC "Coteaux du Lyonnais", by renting vineyards in the villages of Millery and Grigny.

 

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