Domaine Champet, Cote-Rotie La Vialliere, 2018

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Champet is a tiny producer that specializes in the incredibly steep and rocky vineyard La Vialliere. Importer Rare Wine Company says that this can be described as the Chateau Rayas of Cote Rotie because of its old-school, soulful and yet oh-so elegant vibe.

Here is Josh Raynolds' review in Vinous: "Dark violet. Spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas show excellent definition and pick up olive, smoky bacon and candied violet notes with air. Sappy and concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Melds power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with chewy tannins building steadily. All whole clusters and 10% new oak, a combination of foudres and demi-muids. "

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"Dark violet. Spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas show excellent definition and pick up olive, smoky bacon and candied violet notes with air. Sappy and concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Melds power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with chewy tannins building steadily. All whole clusters and 10% new oak, a combination of foudres and demi-muids."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Syrah (Shiraz)
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
From the great Vialliere terroir, which was nearly covered with woods in the 1960s. At that time, Emile Champet took on the challenge of returning this rugged terrain to vineyards. It took him 35 years to plant just 3 hectares.
ORIENTATION
South-facing slope
SOIL
Dark brown, fine mica-rich schist
VINIFICATION
Little has changed in the past fifty years. Everything is done by hand: traditional whole cluster vinification; fermentation and maceration with native yeast for 2-3 weeks with regular pump overs.
AGING
18 months of aging in a combination of neutral demi-muids, 600L foudres and a few old barrels.
PRODUCTION
Tiny production

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Northern Rhone

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Pair With

    Drink With Poultry

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied