LVT 2019 r 2019 wh This domaine was sold by Didier and daughter Agnès Chol to frozen food king Olivier Decelle in September 2017, with his active winemaker partner Pierre-Jean Villa at first running the operation; they already have had an association in Burgundy. The vineyard, totalling 11 hectares, situated for the most part above Chavanay in the northern sector of Saint-Joseph, was in a tired state. Olivier's son Romain is now in charge.
In the past, these have been generally traditional wines with a regional following, often found in restaurants. The classic St-Joseph red was honest, downhome wine, the Garipelées more upright, requiring some ageing. Les Rivoires has some southern depth, and can do well for 10 years or more.
Since the Decelle acquisition, and the first launch of wines with the 2017 vintage, the now three Saint-Joseph reds have become better-fruited, more polished, soft, the omens good. The plot specific Les Rivoires (1990 Syrah) was elegant, restrained **** wine in 2019, the newly introduced Izéras red from gneiss on the site of that name, also a **** wine in 2019, with well implanted richness, a juicy thoroughness. The entry level St jo red Les Garipelées was a cosy drinking ***(*) wine in 2019.
The Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde is softened by its 15% Viognier - the 0.75 hectare vineyard, planted in 1940, was bought by Didier Chol in 1977, when prices were still very reasonable; it has a good placement not too high up the hill, but not top grade care, until now.
The whites, led by the Condrieu and Saint-Joseph [50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne, granite, Chavanay] have become much more polished and elegant, both **** wines in 2019.
Olivier, son Romain Decelle 178 RN86 42410 Chavanay
Tel: +33(0)474 87 23 45
Countries exported to:1) Switzerland 2) USA 3) Japan
Percentage Exported: 8%