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Grand Cru

Clusel Roche, Syrah, Champon, Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone 2018

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Terroir: Lieu-dit “Champon”, located to the north of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, on ferrous mica schist soils. This hillside is oriented South East.

Area:  0.7 ha

Grape variety: Massal selection Syrah (old serine d'Ampuis)

​​Age of the vines: 30 to 60 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 stakes or wires depending on the strength of the slope. On stakes, they are cut in goblet, on wire, 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.

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.

 Aging: 2 years in oak barrels (228l barrels), aged from 0 to 12 years. (20% to 25% new, fine-grained French oak benefiting from 4 years of drying)

Annual production:  Approximately 3,000 bottles / year

Aging and peak: They can be drunk from the age of 5, in order to take full advantage of their youthful aromas, or a few years later, when age has added to their complexity.
 
Tasting: Fine and elegant wines, with however a strong tannic presence. Complex nose of black fruits, spices, violet.

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

Grape: Syrah

Country: France

Region: Northern Rhône