Created in 1928, the Domaine Duclaux represents a Côte-Rôtie production recognized by wine specialists from all over the world. This family owned estate was developed primarily by Edmond Duclaux. Today, his sons David and Benjamin Duclaux, who represent the fourth generation of winegrowers, have put their considerable skills to work in making this one of the best of the small estate of Côte-Rôtie. They manually maintain their 5.5 hectares of vines on the narrow terraces of the Tupin and Semons hillsides. This Condrieu is the last-born of the domaine, serving as tribute to Benjamin and David Great Grand-Father, Frédéric Caillet, who originally bought the Domain. 2014 Marked the 20th vintage for their Côtie Rôtie, and the first for their Condrieu! Côte-Rôtie is a prestigious red-wine appellation at the northern tip of France’s Rhone Valley wine region.
The famous single plot callled “La Germine”is located on the southern end of the appellation, near Coteaux de Tupin and Maison Rouge. The vines are planted on narrow terraces along the Tupin and Semons hillsides on the right bank of the Rhône, with South and South-East exposure. The vines are planted on a clear colored soil composed of gneiss.
The Grapes are hand harvested. Duclaux’s winemaking style utilizes little new oak, but they believe in 100% destemming and aging of the wines in 500-liter demi-muids (occasionally smaller, used 228-liter casks). The Viognier is co-fermented with Syrah, per traditional production methods.
The wine opens with a dark plum colored hue, and a nose of kirsch and black berries. The moth is full and creamy with flavors of savory olives meshed with plump black cherries. A wine worthy of aging.
Ideal with red meats in sauce, small game, grilled meats and duck.profile, with a long finish.