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Domaine Cheze


Louis Cheze

REGION: Northern Rhone

Louis Chéze began making wine in 1978 when the family estate of The Domaine Chèze was created. The domaine is located on the top of the hill of the community of Limony, in the heart of the northern part of the Côtes du Rhône appellation on the right bank of the Rhône River, 60 kilometers south of Lyon. there are 35 hectares of vineyards which include the prestigious appellations of and includes Condrieu and Saint Joseph. 

The viticulture is carried out using viticulture raisonnée (sustainable winegrowing). This method of vineyard care is focused on the respect of the well-being of the vines. At the Chèze domaine, each vineyard is cared for to ensure that the specific traits of each parcel which means that different methods such as vineyard trellising are used slopes, or if this is not possible then each vine is supported with its own individual stake. 

All of the grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a rigorous selection process before they arrive at the winery before they undergo further selection on a special vibrating sorting table to ensure that only the finest grapes are made into wine. Minimum intervention is used in the cellar during the winemaking and aging process. Each vintage varies and the winemaking is adapted so that the quintessential aspects of each growing season are expressed through each of the wines that are made.

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Wine Region:

Northern Rhone

Compared to Southern Rhone, the region of Northern Rhone (Côte Rôtie or “roasted slope”) is relatively small – with only a five percent share of all Rhone Valley wines. Northern Rhone is comparatively wetter and cooler compared to Southern Rhone. Northern Rhone’s harsh winters, warm summers, and cold air also means slightly different wine styles and grapes between it and Southern Rhone. 

Nothern Rhone, albeit not the exact origin of the first historic mention of French Syrah, creates the penultimate Syrah – the benchmark by which all Syrahs are measured. This grape, which was suggested to  have come from the city of Shiraz in erstwhile Persia, legends say have been planted in the region as early as  600 BC. However, extensive viticultural research has found that said grape came from the region itself.  

Syrah is the only red varietal allowed to make red wines in the area by the AOC.  

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