Louis Chèze started his venture in 1978 with one hectare of vines in the Saint-Joseph appellation, on a hillside on the right bank of the Rhône in the commune of Limony. Since then, the domain has grown to 30 hectares, and owns vineyards in Saint-Joseph, Condrieu and more recently, on the other side of the Rhône on the hillsides of Seyssuel, opposite the Côte-Rôtie. Like François Villard, Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Galliard, Louis Chèze now cultivates vines on the remains of the ancient Roman vineyards there. The domain has a modern winery so the vinification process is as fine-tuned as it can be. Every cuvée is the outcome of a meticulous single parcel selection that allows the terroir and grapes to express themselves fully. As the wines are produced on a granite terrain they are very fresh, stylish and full of character. This Rhône Valley domain is growing in reputation.
About the cuvée
A pretty, poetic name for this single-grape Syrah wine that reveals a rounded character with fruity, spicy notes. The young vines (5 and 8 years old) are planted in shallow granitic soils, and are sustainably cultivated. The grapes are sorted directly on the vine in the vineyard, and again on arrival at the winery. The various vinification stages include crushing, maceration, fermentation in thermoregulated vats and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Elevage is conducted for six months, partly in barrels used 3-4 times before, and partly in stainless steel tanks. Bottling is carried out without prior filtration. This Syrah has a pretty red colour with purplish highlights, and a floral nose strewn with touches of pepper and other more complex leather notes. Although the attack is direct, the wine reveals itself slowly. It is a wine that affords genuine pleasure; enjoy with simple dishes or grilled dishes.
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