The story of Clos Roussely stretches back as far as the 18th century, when the vineyard was a dependence of Château d’Angé, a fairytale collection of towers and turrets which sits nestled in ancient woodland, on the slope above the village of Angé-sur-Cher. It was in the early years of the 20th century, however, that the estate came into the hands of the Roussely family. It was Anatole Roussely who purchased the vineyard in 1917, and using the associated cellars he established himself as a vigneron and distiller. This business he passed onto his son, Marcel Roussely, who improved the vineyard and in 1947 also branched out to work as a négociant. He continued developing the domaine until the 1980s which was when his children, Jean-Claude Roussely and Nicole Roussely, took over.
Today the domaine is in the hands of the next generation, Vincent Roussely (pictured above), although the transition from father to son has not been an entirely smooth one. Jean-Claude was more interested in the négociant business, and with building his collection of vintage vehicles (many of which remain dotted around the domaine today), than he was with the vineyards.
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