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Maison Clusel-Roch Traboules 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Very enjoyable and versatile fruity red wine that’s a GREAT value.

Producer/Winery: Guillaume Clusel, Brigitte Roch and Gilbert Clusel; Domaine Maison Clusel-Roch; Verenay, France.

Grape Variety: Gamay.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Coteaux du Lyonnais, Rhone Valley, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Greek chicken, basmati rice and a Greek salad with feta cheese.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark ruby color with a light red rim. Strong cherry, raspberry, wood smoke, “Oklahoma” rose blooms and damp earth aromas. A bit rustic, bright and tart, light-medium body and 150-grit texture. Lots of rich fruit flavors…cherry, raspberry, strawberry and a little peppery spice. Gobs of edgy acidity, leathery tannins and a substantial tart raspberry fruit finish. Quite different from Beaujolais Gamay…it was darker, more provincial, more stalwart, more smoky and leathery and a little gamey. With that said this was very vibrant and delicious red wine!!! What to Drink with What you Eat suggested Beaujolais with our Greek chicken so we picked this Rhone Gamay and it was an EXCELLENT pairing, but this was a wine that would pair well with a wide variety of foods. Very enjoyable and versatile fruity red wine that’s a GREAT value.

Guillaume Clusel, his wife Brigitte Roch and their son Gilbert Clusel
Photo from Maison Clusel-Roch.

Comments: Learn more about Domaine Maison Clusel-Roch and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Grand Cru Selection; New York, New York.