Clos du Rocher

Clos du Rocher was born in the 19th century, when vines and well-ordered walls replaced scrub and rock. The estate was acquired in 1918 by Emile Obrist, who immediately recognised the qualities of this terroir. He has proved it ever since, as this vineyard with its special aura has received praise from the profession, as much for its wines as for its winemakers!

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Born of the mountain

Born of the mountain

In 1584, an earthquake toppled the mountain and sent it tumbling down to Yvorne. At the foot of the huge amphitheatre created by the landslide, the terroir proved ideal for producing great wines. The history of Clos du Rocher dates back to the 19th century: between 1825 and 1830, the rocks and weeds gradually gave way to terraces of vines structured by numerous stone retaining walls.
In 1836, a building and cellars were constructed, which are still in use today. Emile Obrist bought Clos du Rocher in 1918. It was his favourite estate and he recognised its potential from the outset.

Chasselas, but not only!

Chasselas, but not only!

The permeable soil is partly covered with gravel, a reminder of 1584. It warms up quickly and the 10 hectares of vines in a single block, facing south and sheltered from the wind, reach ideal ripeness.
In this special place, the Chasselas grape, which is predominant, produces a wine that is emblematic of the Yvorne. Delicious when young, it is a great white wine that will age beautifully for decades.
The terroir of the estate also sublimates Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are blended in the Clos du Rocher Rouge Grand Cru. Finally, the Doral Passerillé, the latest creation of the estate, is a rare wine, full of softness!

Des médailles et des honneurs

Des médailles et des honneurs

En 2012, lors de la toute première édition du Mondial du Chasselas, le Clos du Rocher Grand Cru tire son épingle du jeu. Cette dégustation professionnelle de centaines de vins le nomme meilleur Chasselas du monde !
Les vins du domaine, régulièrement distingués, sont vinifiés par Léonard Pfister, l’oenologue de la maison Obrist. Quant aux vignes, elles donnent le meilleur d’elles mêmes grâce au savoir-faire de Martin Suardet.
Martin représente la quatrième génération d’une famille vigneronne. Il a succédé à son père Jean-Daniel, aux petits soins pour le Clos du Rocher pendant une décennie, et couronné lors de la Fête des Vignerons 2019.

Clos du Rocher: A Legacy of Passion and Winemaking Excellence in Yvorne

In 1584, a landslide created the ideal terroir for great wines. Centuries later, the story of Clos du Rocher began. The cellars were built in 1836. They still serve their purpose today. Obrist bought the estate in 1918. It was Emile Obrist's favourite and he recognised its potential from the outset.
The 10 hectares of vines in a single block are mainly planted with Chasselas, but also include Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Doral. The vines are tended by Martin Suardet, who has taken over from his father Jean-Daniel, Clos du Rocher's winemaker for the past decade and winner of the 2019 Fête des Vignerons.