2018 Clusel-Roch Cote-Rotie Champon
Rhone, France | $99.99
Vibrant blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of incense, cracked pepper and exotic spices. Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier in the midpalate, offering intense dark fruit and floral flavors and a hint of spiciness. Shows impressive energy on the sappy, mineral-dominated finish, which features harmonious tannins and a suave floral quality. This is the first vintage for this bottling here.
Terroir: Lieu-dit 'Champon', located north of the Cote Rotie appellation, on soils of ferrous mica schist. The hillside faces South East.
Grape Variety: Massal selection Syrah - old Ampuis series
Vine Age: 30 to 60 years
Vinification: Harvested by hand and careful sorting is carried out in the vineyard by the pickers. When they arrive at the cellar, the grapes are vatted by gravity, 30% whole bunches. Fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts. During vinification, punching down and pumping over follow one another. A moderate temperature is maintained for a very gentle extraction and devouring occurs 3 to 4 weeks following tasting.
Aging: 2 years in oak barrels, aged 0 to 12 years - 20% to 25% new, fine-grained French oak benefiting from a 4-year drying period.
Tasting: Fine and elegant with an assertive tannic presence. Complex nose of black fruits, spices and violets. On wines at their peak, aromas of undergrowth and toasted tobacco. Pair with a grilled meat, or duck. For older vintages pair with game.