The estate is located in the Côte Brune in the lieu-dit La Viallière. Joel Champet's grand father founded the estate and the winemaking tradition has been passed in the family from father to son for 4 generations. Joel took over from his father Emile in 1985 and was joined in the 2010's by his sons Romain and Maxime later on. Sadly, Joël Champet died in 2017 and since then the brothers Romain and Maxime have been running the family estate.
The vines are in the famous La Vialliere site, marked by its fine, mica-rich schist soil and steep, southeast-facing slopes (50 degree angles or more). During the 1960’s, La Vialliere was mostly woods, but Joel’s father Emile spent over 30 years turning this rugged area into three hectares of prime vineyard land.
Winery Acreage: 3 hectares (7.4 acres)
Winery Production: 1,000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Syrah and Viognier
Winemaker: Romain and Maxime Champet
Romain and Maxime farm 3 hectares today, which are mostly Syrah grapes (a mere 5% Viognier). (7.40 acres) in Côte-Rôtie appellation, in the single vineyard of La Viallière, North of Ampuis. This is a traditional estate producing wines of great authenticity and typicality.Everything at Champet is done very traditionally. Everything is done by hand using the same methods the family has been using for nearly 50 years.
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.