Domaine de Boisseyt-Chol, Didier Chol, Chavanay.

Domaine de Boisseyt-Chol, Didier Chol, Chavanay.
Domaine de Boisseyt-Chol, Didier Chol, Chavanay.

On the right bank of the Rhone south of the city of Lyon (Rhone Septentrional) we find great, famous wines and the steepest vineyards in the world. The reds all from the Syrah grape and the whites from Rousanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Of some wines the production is extremely small.

Doing business with a private winemaker is difficult in this area. The holdings are small and usually you automatically end up with a cooperative or trading house. Via a good wine friend, however, WijnDijck ended up at the more than 200 (!) year-old Domaine De Boisseyt-Chol where Didier Chol now holds sway. It stands on the edge of the Route National 86. His ancestors, who leased the estate until 1797, were given the opportunity to buy it under the new regime. The Chol family owns a 0.8-hectare plot in the heart of the Côte Blonde, next to Côte Rôtique king Guigal, and further vineyards in the AOC Saint-Joseph and in Condrieu.

Already 600 years before 'our' era began, the Romans introduced viticulture here. They chose a good spot, slopes with a gradient of 30 to 60%! And then facing due south the sun gives maximum power to the vines. No wonder that high and difficult to reach terraces had to be built here. No wonder that harvesting the grapes is a colossal task. But what beautiful wines it produces!