Stéphane is a very talented winemaker who started producing wine in 2000. Obviously we rate him, but so does Robert Parker. We are extremely fortunate in securing supplies of two of his wonderful cuvées: Champon, originating from 3 Parcels (Champon, Plomb and Cognet) and barrel-aged for 24 months, and Les Grandes Places, made from a single plot on this fabulous site, matured for 36 months in new oak barriques.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
From 2010: made from 70% 1928/1940s Serine (Syrah clone) (0.35 ha) and 30% 1998 Syrah (0.15 ha) on Les Grandes Places (northern sector)
Since 2013: 35-100% whole bunch fermentation, first juice cooled 12 hours at 8-9°C, wild yeasts, then 3-4 week vinification.
Pumping overs, cap punching, 2007, 2009 some part vat emptying/refilling, aged 100% new 400-litre & 600-litre oak casks 24 months to 30 months (until 2010 aged 36 months, with 228-litre, 300-litre & 400-litre oak casks used), just one racking, unfined, unfiltered.
A full-bodied tannic beast for aging 20 years, the 2015 Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places is a monument to the Syrah grape grown on this steep slope. It’s floral and peppery upfront, loaded with masses of dark fruit and glides to a long, velvety finish. – 96+ points, Joe Czerwinski, Dec 2017
The perfect partner to meat dishes. Beef casseroles, hearty stews, Moroccan lamb barbecues and rich sausage casseroles such as a cassoulet.