Côte-Rôtie: Domaine Champet 'Les Fils à Jo' 2020
Named as a tribute to their father, brothers Max and Romain Champet produce this special cuvée in exceptional vintages from a particular schist-dominated plot of old vines on the 'La Viallière' lieu-dit. Intense and complex, this is a classic Côte-Rôtie wine with classic forest fruit, floral violets and a vein of black pepper and spice.
First conceived in 2015, this cuvée of Côte-Rôtie is intended to be a 'superior' wine with more intensity than the 'La Viallière' bottling. This Syrah-dominant blend contains 5% Viognier and is intended to reflect the unique terroir of this specific plot.
Decant for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Côte-Rôtie|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah, Viognier|
|Food & Wine Matching||Lamb, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink from 4 to 5 years after vintage. Cellar for up to 20 years.|
|Vinification||100% whole-bunch co-fermentation with wild yeasts followed by a 2 to 3 week maceration with regular pumping over. Matured for 18 to 24 months in 1 year-old oak demi-muids. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Situated on the steep 'La Viallière' lieu-dit on the mica and schist slopes of the Côte Brune, Emile and later son Joël Champet transformed a number of overgrown terraces on 50+ degree slopes over the 3 decades they worked together. Joël took over 2 hectares of vines from his father Emile in 1985, and passed to his sons Romain and Max some 4.5 hectares in 2017.
The vineholdings of the domaine lie in a single block in 'La Viallière' just to the north of Ampuis. This is a traditional estate producing 'single vineyard' wine of great typicality following the family style.
“Full wines made in the traditional way, unchanged over the past decades.”
- John Livingstone-Learmonth - drinkrhone.com
"Stylistically, I find Champet’s Côte Rôtie the closest thing to a big Côte de Nuits Burgundy than any Côte Rôtie made by his peers."
Robert Parker - robertparker.com
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