The Côte-Rôtie vineyards are one of the oldest in France !
The excellence and rare finesse of these wines have built its reputation. This northern AOC only produces very powerful red wines made from Syrah and some Viogner. It hangs on the impressive slopes of the right bank of the Rhône, 30 km south of Lyon. A terraced vineyard which is absolutely not mechanised and where everything is done manually on these hillside plots, very well exposed and spread over the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde. Legend relates that in the Middle Ages, the Lord of Maugiron had endowed each of his two daughters, one blond and the other brunette, with the best slopes of his heritage. The geological difference of these two terroirs influences the nature of the wines that come from them. The Côte Brune produces dense, highly colored (almost black), tannic, powerful wines with very animal characteristics, while the Côte Blonde produces more aromatic, more fragrant wines with more roundness and suppleness. A vineyard that almost disappeared and experienced its rebirth after WW1, under the impetus of some dynamic winegrowers such as Marcel Guigal, and which today is pushed forward by a few talented enthusiasts, such as Yves Cuilleron, Jean-Michel Gerin, Stéphane Pichat, Georges Vernay, Jean Villa and Louis Chèze.