2020 Maison Clusel-Roch Coteaux du Lyonnais "Traboules", Rhone Valley, France

There is a reason we keep going back to this as it's a display of Gamay that has a fine structure which reveals aromas of red summer fruits, red currants and raspberries, while also giving a nice touch of freshly ground black pepper.


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The grape harvest is done manually. The grapes are carefully chosen and picked by the harvesters. When the crop arrives at the wine cellar the grapes are then vatted by gravity and are partially destemmed. One third of the grape crop remains in whole bunches. The fermentation process takes place with natural yeasts. A moderate temperature is maintained ensuring a gentle extraction of aromas. Depending on the wine tasting results, devatting takes place after 2 weeks.


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.

The estate is currently run by Guillaume Clusel, Gilbert Clusel and Brigitte Roch.
It has 20 hectares of vines, on three historic vineyards of the Lyonnais, Ampuis (AOC Côte-Rôtie, AOC Côtes-du-Rhône and Vin de France), Condrieu (AOC Condrieu), Millery (AOC Coteau du Lyonnais).


Grape(s) Gamay
Farming Organic