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Joel Champet




Côte Rôtie

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Joel Champet

Anyone who has visited the Northern Rhône and admired the impressively steep slopes of Côte Rôtie, would understand the treacherous nature of a journey to someone like Joel Champet who lives half way up the hill, beneath a vineyard. The view over the town of Ampuis is not quite remarkable enough to allay any fears of driving at such a gradient, so it is often with relief that we meet Joel and various samples of his splendid Côte Rôtie. He has just one plot of Syrah vines, in La Viallière vineyard, which he works tirelessly with his own hands. The wine is reared in a mixture of mainly old tonneaux (600 litre barrels) and represents the sturdier side of Côte Rôtie with its meaty, spicy flavours.

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