Stéphane is a very talented winemaker who started producing wine in 2000. We are extremely fortunate in securing supplies of two of his wonderful cuvées: Champon’s and Les Grandes Places.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Domaine Pichat has 4.5 hectares of vineyards in several areas such as Champon’s, Cognet, le Plomb, Fongeant, la Gerine, les Grandes Places or La Caille for Condrieu. The work is different on each plot. They adapt to the type of soil and the layout and exposure of each one. The only goal is to produce the healthiest grapes and mature as much as possible. All the work in the vineyards and treatments performed are sustainable, no use of pesticide or insecticide and the vast majority of their crop protection products are certified organic.
Plot selection on high soil schist
90% from Champon’s, 10% Cognet, Le Plomb, all northern sector.
The Domaine Pichat has in recent years acquired new temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The Domaine combines modern and traditional techniques. For the majority, maturation is done entirely in barrels of 400 litres.
Destemmed, first juice cooled 12 hours at 8-9°C, then 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching,
Aged for 24 months in oak barrels.
The 2019 Cote Rotie Champon’s is a bit quiet on the nose, but it boasts plenty of expressive black cherries and blueberries in the mouth. Full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in feel, it’s a rich, ripe, sexy style of Côte Rôtie that should drink well for more than a decade. 92-94 Points, Joe Czerwinski, January 2022
The primary cuvée of the estate, the 2019 Côte Rôtie Champon’s is 100% Syrah aged for two years in barrel (30% new). Lots of up-front blackberry fruit as well as iron, crushed stone, chocolate, and violet notes emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, good mid-palate depth, and firm, building tannins that are a little too abundant for their own good. Given the overall concentration here, though, there’s certainly hope that these tannins will integrate and everything will come into balance. I would hide bottles for 3-4 years, at which point it will be easier to see how this will evolve. I’m optimistic, and I do love its fruit and purity. 90+ Points, Feb 2022
The perfect partner to meat dishes. Beef casseroles, hearty stews, Moroccan lamb barbecues and rich sausage casseroles such as a cassoulet.