Clos Roussely, 2020 Update

The vineyards of Clos Roussely were once a dependence of Château d’Angé, but in 1917 they were acquired by Anatole Roussely, the domaine rechristened at this time to reflect the identity of its new owner. They have remained with the same family ever since, and are today tended by Anatole’s great grandson, Vincent Roussely. He has done much to repurpose the domaine, shifting its focus away from his father’s work as a négociant, choosing instead to concentrate more (although not exclusively) on wines made from the domaine’s 8 hectares of vines.

The vineyards have been organic since 2004, and certified as such after the mandatory three-year period in 2007. The fruit is picked by hand and vinified in the Roussely cellars which are dug deep into the limestone rock which typifies this region. The approach taken by Vincent (pictured below) is modern, with vinification largely in stainless steel, with some use of large barrels or amphorae, depending on the cuvée.

Clos Roussely

On this occasion I met up with Vincent in Tours to check out a small selection of recent releases.

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