2018 Domaine Champet Cote Rotie la Vialliere

Year: 2018
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
John Gilman: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"Dark violet. Spice and mineral accented black and blue fruit aromas show excellent definition and pick up olive, smoky bacon and candied violet notes with air. Sappy and concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Melds power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with chewy tannins building steadily. All whole clusters and 10% new oak, a combination of foudres and demi-muids." (VM)

"Readers who love old school Côte Rôtie that demands bottle age will love this beauty. Revealing a deep purple color as well as a mineral-drenched bouquet of black raspberries, camphor, new saddle leather, and peppery herbs, the 2018 Côte Rôtie La Vialliere hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, notable concentration, ripe yet firm, present tannins, and a great finish. This tannic, backward, yet impressive Côte Rôtie is going to demand 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 20+ years." (JD)

"The 2018 “la Vialliere” from Domaine Champet is a superb young bottle of Cote-Rotie, with fine depth and soil signature coupled to utterly classic stylistic sensibilities. The youthful nose wafts from the glass in a primary blend of black raspberries, cassis, hung game, pepper, bitter chocolate, stony soil tones, a hint of nutskin and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and soil-driven, with a superb core of fruit, ripe, firm tannins and great length and grip on the nascently complex and very well-balanced finish. This is a properly- structured young bottle of Cote-Rotie and will demand some extended cellaring to blossom fully, but it comes in listed at 12.5 percent octane (and this seems fairly accurate) and should prove to be an outstanding bottle with sufficient aging. It is so exquisitely balanced out of the blocks that it is almost approachable today, though I should note that it gets more tannic with extended aeration right now and there are so many layers here to unfold that it should be allowed to hibernate in a cool corner of the cellar for a full decade before really thinking about broaching bottles! A fine, fine example of Cote-Rotie. 2030-2080. " (View from the Cellar-John Gilman)

Winery Notes:
The Domaine Joel Champet Estate:
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.

The Domaine Joel Champet Vineyard:
Joël Champet farms 3 hectares (7.40 acres) in Côte-Rôtie. He only uses Syrah grapes for his wines, no Viognier. The soil type in this area is schist and the slopes are quite steep at 50-degree angles or more. Production is about 1,000 cases per year.