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
This cuvée originated from the 1995 vintage and comes from vieilles vignes grown on a two-hectare plot at an altitude of 300 metres. On this granite and dark magmatic terroir, fifty-year-old Syrah grapes offer up low yields and are grown following sustainable and responsible agriculture. To produce this cuvée, Louis Chèze carried out destemming, maceration, thermo-regulated vat fermentation and élevage in new oak barrels for 22 months. On tasting, the ruby hue exudes a great aromatic complexity that results in notes of black fruits, sweet spices and finely woody touches. Persistent, harmonious and frank, it can be kept for a good ten years in the cellar and paired with sauce-based meat dishes.
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