No lesser an authority than Jancis Robinson OBE, MW has applauded the red and white wines of Domaine Lombard in Brézème for 'the value they offer' noting that although they are produced on 'vertiginous slopes', akin to those of Côte-Rôtie, 'the wines sell for a fraction as much'. This is all testament to the insightfulness of Philippe Sapet who bought the 23 hectare estate from Jean-Marie and Sylvette Lombard in 2012 and has since had all the vine holdings certified organic by Ecocert. Now run by his son-in-law Jonanthan Almeras (who oversees the wine-making) and daughter Paulette, the emphasis here is on minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar whilst capturing a strong sense of terroir and varietal character.
A white Brézème wine called 'Les Davids' (after the climat on which it is cultivated) is made from a blend of 50% each of Marsanne and Roussanne that are hand-harvested and vinified in a mixture of amphorae, barrels and concrete vats prior to the final blending and bottling. With zesty citrus and white peach scents and a supple, yellow stone-fruit palate offset by fresh acidity, it works well as an aperitif or partner to seafood or poultry. A red IGP de la Drôme 'Azalée', is made from a Côte-Rôtie inspired mélange of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier. With a bouquet of violets and real floral lift, its core of dark, hedgerow fruit is supported by supple tannins. Drinking well from release, it can be cellared for 3 to 5 years. A flagship bottling of red Brézème wine 'Monicault' is made from pure Syrah grown on free-draining clay and limestone soils. With briary black fruit aromas and complex plum and damson palate with peppery undertones and enough grip to allow a decade's bottle age, it merits decanting and makes a fine partner to small game and mushroom dishes.