Once part of the classic Côte-Rôtie blend, the 27-year-old vines of La Viaillère are starting to produce such outstanding wine that Clusel-Roch, as of 2009, have started to bottle it up as a separate cuvée. Intense and so charming, this offers ripe, classy flavours of juicy ripe cherries, hints of rose petal, loganberry and raspberry, finishing on touches of Asian spice and peppercorn. Such a mix of sweetness, finesse and freshness. Exquisite.
This small artisanal Domaine, run by Brigitte Roch, Gilbert Clusel and their son Guillaume, only employs organic methods to work its vineyards and for some time have consistently had some of the lowest yields in the region. Such low yields and excellent vineyard sites help to produce excellent wines that are made in a gentle, pure and refined style. There is little new oak; depending on the vintage a large proportion of whole bunches may be included in fermentations and extractions are soft resulting in elegant, refined and characterful Côte Rôtie that age seamlessly. The standard cuvée is aged in one- and two-year-old barriques for a year, whilst wine from the old vines of Les Grandes Places require ageing in a proportion of new oak barriques, rarely more than 30-40%.