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DOMAINE CHRISTOPHE SEMASKA

LVT 2019 r 2019  wh This domaine is making very steady progress, with Christophe Semaska gaining confidence in his own abilities, and less reliant on heavy vinification techniques. The domaine operates on a rolling 18 year rental contract on the 8 hectares of land at Montlys with the family who own the Château de Montlys. This acts as a constraint on his development of scrub land into vineyards, should the contract not be renewed. The location at the most northern end of the appellation means its wines can contain noted tannins, and rely on good ripening years to flesh themselves out.

The Fleur de Montlys delivers a little more body than the classic. It contains 10-15% Viognier, which gives it charm and squeeze in the texture. A ***** 2015 has been followed by ****(*) in 2018 and also in the excellent vintage of 2019. The big new arrival is the Côte-Rôtie Lancement, made from 1972 Serine, massale vines. First made in 2012, the 2013-2015 have been ****, ****(*) and ***** wines. The ***** 2019 was vinified by son Clément, a very good start from him, with his focus especially on the whites.

There are two Condrieus, both good quality. Christophe has also produced merchant wines since the 2000s, including two Rasteau reds, both oak raised, and a small edition, traditional style Châteauneuf-du-Pape red. He has planted Syrah near Vienne at St Alban les Vignes, the wine a Coteaux de Vienne vin de pays. The IGP Coteaux de Vienne Vénus red, from 2003 Syrah, was attarctive, nicely fresh **** wine in 2017, but like all the Vienne and Seyssuel wines is not cheap. In 2012 a new cellar was built next to the N86 road.

Christophe, son Clément Semaska 54 rue de Montlys 69420 Ampuis

Tel: +33(0)474 58 39 17

http://www.domaine-semaska.com

chateaumontlys@aol.com

Countries exported to:1) PR China 2) GB 3) USA 4) Belgium, Switzerkand, Germany – before was 1) USA 2) Denmark, rising 3) Japan 4) Belgium

Percentage Exported: 20%

British Importers: Decorum Vintners Unit 1 The Shaftesbury Centre 85 Barlby Road London W10 6BN +44(0)208 969 6581 www.decvin.co.uk , Clarion Wines +44(0)208 747 2069 www.clarionwines.co.uk info@clarionwines.co.uk The Wine Society Stevenage www.thewinesociety.com

USA Importers: J A O Wine Imports, John Otterbeck, Mc Lean, VA 22101-6018, +1 703 848 2473 Grape Expectations 1091 Essex Avenue Richmond CA 94801 +1510 412 5969 www.grapex.com Patrick Allen Selections www.patrickallenselections.com