Wine has been made in Brézème since the Middle Ages, but since the phylloxera blight wiped-out vineholdings in their entirety in 1876, a prolonged fallow period ensued. In 1981, Jean-Marie and Sylvette Lombard saw the potential of the steep hillside on the northern bank of the river Drôme and began cultivating a single hectare of vines. Slowly but surely they increased their plantings and their wines gradually began to gain critical appreciation from journalists, chefs and oenophiles. In 2012, the Lombards retired and a wine-lover called Philippe Sapet took over the estate - installing his daughter Pauline and her partner Jonathan as its managers.
Today, Domaine Lombard extends to 23 hectares of vines producing Côtes du Rhône – Brézème' and IGP bottlings that are all now certified organic and bio-dynamic. The domaine's Brézème blanc is made from a blend of 50% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne and 5% Viognier that are hand-harvested and vinified in a combination of cement vats, amphoras and wooden barrels. The finished wine has appealing white peach and jasmine scents and a nervy, mineral-edged palate with a generous weight of yellow stone-fruit and a long finish. A red IGP de la Drôme 'Azalée' comes from a base of 90% Syrah with the addition of 10% Viognier which gives freshness and a floral lift. The wine is matured over the winter in vat and barrel and drinks well from release. With a bouquet of violets and wild hedgerow berries, it has a core of black fruit offset by fresh acidity and supple tannins. A dense, dark red Brézème 'Monicault' is a pure Syrah that has a wealth of dark, autumnal fruit with peppery undertones and enough tannic structure to support 5-10 years bottle age. It benefits from decanting and makes a fine accompaniment to venison, wild boar and mushroom dishes.