Region: Collines Rhodaniennes, below Condrieu, N Rhone.
The farm estate has belonged to the Verzier family since 1828. It is situated at the top of the hillsides overlooking the village of Chavanay, just next to the statue ‘Madone d’Izeras’ and is surrounded by Saint Joseph and Condrieu vineyards. Chavanay is on the right bank of the river Rhône and is approximately 50km south of Lyon. The small estate has grown and today covers 10 Ha. Philippe and Isabelle’s son Maxime, joined them in 2016 after some professional winemaking experience in Alsace, Burgundy, Canada and South Africa. Maxime is very attached to his ‘terroir’ and he contributes with his new ideas and experiments that he has discovered during his trips abroad.
The vines are planted at the top of southeast-facing hillsides at an altitude of 350 m.
Soil type: Granite subsoil and very light, pebbly sandy soil. Climate: Sub-Mediterranean, cold winters and hot and dry summers. Grape variety: 100% Viognier. Cultivation: De-hydrated organic compost (bovine-manure based), treatment with herbal teas, bio-dynamic preparations, sulphur and Bordeaux mixture to maintain the balance between the vines and the soil. Leaf-thinning, removing laterals, green harvesting. Whole bunches of grapes are placed in a pneumatic press, racking of the must after 24 hours and fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Maturing: Systematic malolactic fermentation followed by a maturing period of 9 months in tanks (including 4 months on fine lees).