2015 Guillaume Clusel Gamay "Traboules" Coteaux du Lyonnais

SKU #1265351 90-91 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. Intense red berry and floral pastille aromas and flavors are complemented by hints of peppery spices and dusty minerals. Shows very good focus and lift, displaying bright finishing cut and very good, red berry-dominated persistence. (JR)  (3/2016)

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100% Gamay wine from Coteaux du Lyonnais, located in between the Rhone Valley to the south, and Beaujolais to the north.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
This 100% Gamay from The Coteaux du Lyonnais is a recent project of Guillaume Clusel, whose family has been producing wine in Cote Rotie since the 1950s. It comes from on-average 30-year-old vines that lie between the Rhone Valley to the South and the famed Beaujolais region to the north. The fruit is opulent and rich, creating a dense purple robe with a bright pink outline. On the nose, cranberry and lavender perfume. On the palate, dense Gamay fruitiness--cherry and cranberry--with a solid tannic structure that quickly slides into a smooth raspberry acid finish. A very fun, unique and delicious regional wine! ​

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
This wine really took me by surprise. After having sampled a disappointing string of wines one afternoon, my colleague urged my to try this one. What a terrific Gamay! This is the kind of sub $20 red that I hope to come across in a bistro or café but rarely do. One that exceeds its price with delicious berry and blue fruit and a real sense of place. It's a versatile red that will pair with a wide range of foods (and maybe even seafood). Whether you're looking for a great table red or don't feel like springing for a Cru Beaujolais, try this one.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 12