2020 Clusel Coteaux du Lyonnais Les Pessiaux

2020 Clusel Coteaux du Lyonnais Les Pessiaux




This is a very cool second year entrant, from 100+ year old vines in Millery, just across from the Montagny vineyards that house le Clos.  I am told that the wine is really really good, and that the it more than lives up to their expectations of a long ageing Grand cru caliber wine, bursting with substance old vine Gamay on Granite…….fans of the house and of the great long ageing potential of Gamay Noir/Beaujolais should check in here…..Whereas last year it was bottled exclusively in Magnum, this year it is also available in 750ml….

“70% Gamay (1896-1904, 0.35 hectare, and used for future massale cuttings, yield 7 hl/ha,), 30% Gamay (1960s, 0.15 hectare, yield 10 hl/ha) from 0.35 hectare on glacier residue soils with small galet stones at 300 metres at Millery, 70% destemmed, 25 day vinification, pumping overs, raised 3-6 year 228-litre oak casks 9-10 months, unfiltered, first year 2019, “in 2018 a vigneron stopped working the vineyard and I took it over to use it in my other Lyonnais wines; it will definitely age well – I wanted a serious vin like Le Clos and the Cuvée Galet, and then a Grand Vin like this from the Côteaux du Lyonnais”, Pessiaux means wooden support stakes for the vines in patois echalas in patois, 600 b & 150 magnums

“Red robe with a touch of purple. The nose has a gentle aroma, raspberry with a softness that pleases, a hint of lead pencil, more to open up, layers to reveal. The palate is close-knit, really bound together, has a spark in its feel, with firm gras central. It lengthens very well, holds its shape with a good straightness of shape, the finale clear as crystal. The fruit, red cherry, is bright, the tannins grainy. This has a lot of inner reserves without showing them obviously. It’s very calm, good, and also holds complexity.  From 2023. 2036-38 July 2021” 4.5 Stars John Livingstone Learmonth