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DOMAINE LOUIS CHOMEL

LVT 2019 r 2019 wh 2018 rosé  Samuel Chomel, born in 1992, is the grandson of Louis Chomel, who planted the first family vines in the 1970s. His father Laurent and uncle Xavier were members of the Cave de Saint-Désirat, which they left in 2014, taking their 13 hectares with them. 6,000 bottles of Saint-Joseph and a little Syrah IGP Ardèche were produced in 2014. Since then, 7 hectares have been bought or planted, making this a sizeable Saint-Joseph domaine, the bottle level up to 45,000, with bulk sales as well.

There is still some apricot and asparagus cultivation, but the focus has moved away from polyculture to wine – 12 hectares of Saint-Joseph Syrah, two hectares of white Saint-Joseph, three hectares of IGP Syrah, three hectares of Viognier, Marsanne and, recently, Roussanne, at Champagne next to the Rhône.

Most of the vineyards are on hillsides, 90% at Saint-Désirat, with a 10 hectare plot on the windy site of La Tolondière at 350 metres around the cellars, sandy granite soils. There is a leaning towards efficiency over lyricism here. Of the two Saint-Joseph reds, the entry level Tolondière is much preferred; it is raised 80% in used oak, and comes across as a country wine, rather inky in the hot vintage of 2018. The Dame de Coeur wastes the 1960s Syrah by being far too heavily oaked, a cellar-led wine. The St Jo blanc, half Marsanne, half Roussanne from mature vines, is a genuine local white.

The range of vins de pays de l’Ardèche are headed by a good Syrah that successfully combines young plain vines at Champagne beside the Rhône, and older hillside Syrah from 450 metres at Vernosc, on the way to Annonay. There is also a 60% Syrah, 40% Viognier red called Insolite that gives easy drinking. The Viognier also comes from altitude at Vernosc, which helps its clarity.

The wine is sold mainly in the region, Rhône-Alpes, with vineyard visits, concerts, open cellar days, a cabin in the vineyards for tasting, and an old railway tunnel on the Côte Diane at Saint-Désirat to animate its promotion.

Samuel Chomel 2 quartier La Tolondière 07340 Saint-Désirat

Tel: +33(0)6 64 67 85 66

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