Domaine Christiane Chambeyron-Manin is one wine created from a 0.5 hectare parcel on the hill of Côte Brune in Côte-Rôtie. The parcel lies right above the family’s domaine. For us to work with Véronique Manin is a great honor.
Marius Chambeyron, Véronique’s grandfather, was a man passionate about the land and very involved in the work of the vine. The estate he built little by little from 1948 to 1992 has expanded to 4 hectares in Côte Brune in the Côte Rotie appellation. In 1992, Véronique’s mother, Christiane, chose to take up a small part of the estate in memory of the work done by her father throughout his life.
The domaine name “Chambeyron-Manin” is a story of tribute to Veronique’s grandfather and to her father. The name “Manin” comes from Véronique’s father, Michel Manin, who while never worked in the vines is a well-know vegetable farmer in his region known for his passion for nature and his craft. After Véronique and her brother, Michael, took over farming the 0.5 hectare parcel, they changed the name of the domaine to Christiane Chambeyron-Manin in honor of their mother.
In the Northern Rhône, at the southern end of Ampuis, Véronique and her brother continue to cultivate the tiny 0.5 hectare parcel of 50 year old Syrah vines. The parcel is farmed using organic methods without the use of any “phytosanitiares” inputs or any other unnatural by products. All vineyard work is done by hand on Côte Brune’s steep schist dominated soil. In the cellar, the grapes are vinified using whole clusters with native yeasts in concrete tanks. The wine is aged in 550L barrique for 18 months before bottling.
The family also farms 7 hectares of vegetables and operate a small market in Côte-Rôtie selling their vegetables along with locally produced meats and cheeses.