Martin Clerc

Domaine Martin Clerc, Côte Rôtie Côteaux de Tupin 2017

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Intnese garnet color with brick reflect. Elegant complex scents of red and black berries, black cherry, cinnamon, clack pepper, vanilla, oak, flint stone and meniral. Intense lush elegant flavors of black berries, hint of blak pepper ans minerals, smooth silky tannins, Structured body with an intense, lingering finish. A fantastic price for the region. Natural fermentation. Only Celerier's Cellar sells this wine in the USA.

30 years old
HVE Certified. Sustainable agriculture. Inputs on vines sigificantly under requirements. Plowing and mowing done mechanically and by hand. Gobelet pruning technic. Vines are set on stakes. Every labor is done by hand. Disbudding in May ; tiyng up the vines in May and June ; removal of Entre-Coeur and trimming in June and early July to let the sun work on the fruits. It limits the retention of humidity and prevent against fungus and diseases (Mildiou, Oidium, Black Rot, Botrytis). Harvest entirely done by hand
Harvest destemmed at 90% (10% full cluster), light treading before putting in stainless steel vats. Cold Maceration (dry ice) for 7 days to prevent contaminations. Alcoholic fermentation for 13 days with indigineous yeats (natural fermentation). Post maceration of 5 days. Pumping over, cap punching and/or rack and return depending on tasting.Malo lactic fermentation with natural yeast. Devatted after 25 days to be put back in vat for another 20 days to finish malo lactic fermentation. Transfert in French oak barrel (50% new) for a 18 month aging.
200 cases
Rhône Valley
2017 winter was examplary as the vine could rest properly. Budburst happened earlier than 2015 to result in harvest 15 days early. The vines were rested, healthy and eager to produce great fuits. The summer was particulary exceptional like in Burgundy. It allowed a natural concetration thanks to an optimized maturity. The vinification were under surveillance and didn't need extra intervention. An age worhty and ready to drink collector vintage. Bottled in June 2019.
Côte Rôtie, Northern Rhône Valley, France
Gneisse soil (powdered limestone), rocky upper layer ground. South East exposition. Located in the southern part of Tupin village. Steep slop, hand made terraces. O.55 hectares, 7,000 vines per hectares.

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