Domaine Chèze is a family property taken over in 1978 by Louis Chèze. This estate is located on the top of the hill in the town of Limony, on the right bank of the Rhône, in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône vineyards.
Louis Chèze started the adventure with 1 ha of Saint Joseph. Today the estate covers 35 ha in prestigious appellations such as Condrieu, Saint Joseph and Vin de Pays.
Not a man for the limelight, Louis lets his wines do the talking for him. The reds are aged in barrel, using a mélange of eight different coopers to achieve his house style of silky texture, lilting perfume, and supple sanguine finishes. The whites are fermented in barrel and tend to show explosive aromas and rich, almost oily textures.
60 % Marsanne
40 % Roussanne
Vineyard & Vinification Note
This cuvee is developed since the 1990 vintage on a plot located in the slopes for the Roussanne and on the plateau for the Marsanne.
Land Geology: Granitic and leucocratic migmatic soil. Vines: 15 to 40 years old, 30 Hl/Ha to 38 Hl/Ha yield.
Sustainable growing of the vineyard, épillonnage, green harvest and hand-picking harvesting. Grape selection on the vine plants, gathered in 10 kg boxes.
Grapes selection on vibrating table, pressing, settling and then alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrels with lees stirring. 20 % new barrels and barrels of 2 to 3 wines for 8 to 10 months depending on the vintage. Bottling without filtration in a single operation.
Bright straw yellow colour. Delicate aromas of acacias, hawthorn with hints of honey. Full and generous attack, with an exquisite minerality and long finish.
Decanter Magazine Weekend Wine
A blend of 60% Marsanne and 40% Rousssanne, from 30-year-old vines on granite soils, aged in oak for nine months, 20% new. Gold in the glass, weighty and generous, honeysuckle, hawthorn, spicy oak and apricot notes. Has an attractive phenolic quality. 93 Points, May 2022
White meat, fish in sauce