Clusel Roch, Cote Rotie, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Clusel Roch is named after its owners, Gilbert Clusel and Brigitte Roch. The name came into use in 1989. With almost 4 hectares of vines in the northern Rhone, the owners practice biodynamic farming techniques. Their most prized wine comes from a small, .7 hectare plot of old Cote Rotie vines on Grandes Places. These old vines were planted in 1935 by Gilbert’s grandfather.
Domaine Clusel Roch produces a Condrieu and two Cote Rotie wines. The more sought after wine, Clusel Roch Les Grandes Places is made from 100% old vine Syrah. Their standard Cote Rotie uses about 4% Viognier. The wines of Clusel Roch are vinified in a combination of concrete and steel vats. The Cote Rotie spends close to 2 years in oak, of which 20% are new. The remaining barrels range from one to five years of age.
La Grandes Places is aged in 50% new oak for close to 18 months. Les Grandes Places is a small production wine. Less than 200 cases are produced in each vintage. It’s a beautiful style of Cote Rotie.
Wine Tasting Notes
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2003 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places
This is so deep in color, it looks a 2009. With a nose filled with bacon fat, overripe cherry, licorice, earth, flowers, smoke and coffee, supple textures and a long, fresh, spicy finish, this is drinking great today.
94 points - Tasted Jul 5, 2012997 Views
2003 Clusel Roch Grande Places offers compelling aromas of black raspberries, strawberry, dark cherry and bacon fat with hints of vanilla. Richly textured and filled with layers of pure, ripe, juicy red and black fruits, this suave, enticing and exciting Cote Rotie is ready to drink.
93 points - Tasted Dec 24, 20101217 Views
1990 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places
It's always good when your last bottle was the best bottle from the case, especially shared with friends. This perfectly mature Cote Rotie offered an earthy, spice box, cherry, floral, stone and pepper perfume. Pure silk in texture, the wine finished with minerality and pure, ripe, red berries.
94 points - Tasted Jul 5, 20121075 Views
Kirsch, spice, tobacco, earth and strawberry aromas open to an elegant style of Cote Rotie. Earthy, cherries and silky textures finish this fully mature wine. Previous bottles displayed more richness and darker fruit. This is probably slightly past full maturity and should be enjoyed over the next few years
91 points - Tasted Mar 8, 20111160 Views
Sexy aromatics paired with opulent, kirsch, black raspberry, spicy palate presence, this magic elixir delivers all its ample, full bodied, silky charms
95 points - Tasted Nov 18, 20081282 Views