Champet Cote Rotie La Vialliere 2012 Front Label
Champet Cote Rotie La Vialliere 2012 Front Label

Champet Cote Rotie La Vialliere 2012

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    Winemaker Notes

    Rich and powerful. Black fruit on the palate, followed by smoky gaminess and a nice bacon aromas as well. Very good spicy character and silky tannins.

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    Champet, France
    The estate is located in the Cote Brune in the lieu-dit La Vialliere. Joel Champet represents the 3rd generation of winemakers in the family. His home and winery is perched on the hillside overlooking the Rhone River, surrounded by Syrah vines. He inherited the vineyards from his father Emile, and his grandfather already owned some land where he used to grow some vines, fruits and vegetables.
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    The cultivation of vines here began with Greek settlers who arrived in 600 BC. Its proximity to Vienne was important then and also when that city became a Roman settlement but its situation, far from the negociants of Tain, led to its decline in more modern history. However the 1990s brought with it a revival fueled by one producer, Marcel Guigal, who believed in the zone’s potential. He, along with the critic, Robert Parker, are said to be responsible for the zone’s later 20th century renaissance.

    Where the Rhone River turns, there is a build up of schist rock and a remarkable angle that produces slopes to maximize the rays of the sun. Cote Rotie remains one of the steepest in viticultural France. Its varied slopes have two designations. Some are dedicated as Côte Blonde and others as Côte Brune. Syrahs coming from Côte Blonde are lighter, more floral, and ready for earlier consumption—they can also include up to 20% of the highly scented Viognier. Those from Côte Brune are more sturdy, age-worthy and are typically nearly 100% Syrah. Either way, a Cote Rotie is going to have a particularly haunting and savory perfume, expressing a more feminine side of the northern Rhone.

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    Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

    AUT12CHACOTROT_2012 Item# 143927

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