emmanuelle-et-julien-montagnonDomaine Lombard

Brézème Côtes du Rhône

organic, biodynamic

The Domaine Lombard estate was founded in 1981 by Jean-Marie and Sylvette Lombard, who purchased the historic hillside vineyard of Chateau de Fontgrand, the first of its appellation. They contributed to the revival of the Brezème appellation, long after it was decimated by the Phylloxera outbreak. (It had fallen from 250 acres to just a few acres in the 1930s). In 2012, the Lombards retired and a new dynamic team led by Emmanuelle and Julien Montagnon took over the estate. With passion, commitment, and courage they replanted part of the vineyards, secured more land and finally built a brand new winery.

The estate currently comprises 5 acres of Syrah and Viognier in Vin de Pays Drôme and 18 acres of mostly Syrah, with some Roussanne and Marsanne in Brézème. The vines are between 15 and 30 years old. Brézème is an oddity inasmuch as it remains Côtes du Rhône, but has the right to bear its village name, something usually reserved to Côtes du Rhône Villages or full appellations like Cornas. The community hopes eventually to be raised to a stand-alone appellation like Cornas. However currently there are only 23 hectares farmed of the 84 possible.