Domaine Joel Champet
France - Rhone Valley

The estate is located in the Côte Brune in the lieu-dit La Viallière. Joël Champet represents the 3rd generation of winemakers in the family; his sons Romain and Maxime are the 4th. He inherited the vineyards from his father Emile, who obtained the land from his father (Joël's grandfather).

The vines are in the famous La Viallière site, marked by its fine, mica-rich schist soil and steep, southeast-facing slopes (50-degree angles or more). During the 1960’s, La Viallière was mostly woods, but Joël’s father Emile spent over 30 years turning this rugged area into three hectares of prime vineyard land.

Joël, Romain and Maxime farm these same 3 hectares today, which are mostly Syrah grapes (a mere 5% Viognier). The soil type in this area is schist and the slopes are quite steep at 50-degree angles or more. Everything at Champet is done very traditionally – Joël doesn’t even own a destemmer. Everything is done by hand using the same methods the family has been using for nearly 50 years. Production is about 1,000 cases per year.

Producer Details
Wine Production Area
France - Rhone Valley - Cote-Rotie AOC
Romain and Maxime Champet
Romain and Maxime Champet
7 acres (3 hectares)
Grape Varietal(s)
Syrah, Viognier
Annual Production
1,000 (9-liter cases)