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Domaine Christophe Semaska SARL

52 Rue de Montlys Verenay, 69420 Ampuis
France

This company is co-exhibitor of
Rhône Valley Vineyards Inter Rhône Interprofession des Vins A.O.C

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ProWein 2020 hall map (Hall 11): stand C119

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ProWein 2020 fairground map: Hall 11

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  wines from Europe
  • 01.01.05  wines from France
  • 01.01.05.07  wines fromVallée du Rhône

Our products

Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

COTES DU RHONE VILLAGE

GRAPE VARIETY
Vine stock comprises 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre

TERROIR
A selection from 30-year-old vines, grown on several different soils (galet or pudding stones, sediments…)

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Long, temperature-controlled traditional vinification. Maturation takes place in tank and barrel for 1 year.

CHARACTER
A powerful, rich wine with a good concentration of red fruits (cherries), and fine tannins with a hint of spice.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

COTES DU RHONE - VENUS BLANCHE

GRAPE VARIETY
Vine stock comprises 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre

TERROIR
A selection from 30-year-old vines, grown on several different soils (galet or pudding stones, sediments…)

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Long, temperature-controlled traditional vinification. Maturation takes place in tank and barrel for 1 year.

CHARACTER
A powerful, rich wine with a good concentration of red fruits (cherries), and fine tannins with a hint of spice.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

RASTEAU

GRAPE VARIETY
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah Average age of vines: 50 years

TERROIR
Poor brown chalky soil over marl with red sandstone subsoil.

YIELD AND CLIMATE
35hl/ha, manual harvest. A Mediterranean climate with hot days and cool nights. This large daily temperature range encourages the development of colour and fruit.

MATURATION
Maturation takes place in tank and barrel for 1 year.

CHARACTER
Mature fruit, vanilla and pepper notes on the nose, full-bodied and well-balanced on the palate with good length.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

RASTEAU OR

MATURATION
Aged for 36 months in selected barrels, which have previously been used for maturing Côte Rôtie. A limited production of 1500 bottles. It has the same characteristics as the cuvée Rasteau but reveals more complexity due to the longer maturing period.

CHARACTER
A heady wine, full-bodied and supple.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

SAINT JOSEPH

GRAPE VARIETY
30 to 50 year-old vines, 100%Syrah, manual harvest.

TERROIR
Light soil with clay-limestone schist and granite on south, south-east facing slopes.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The harvest is entirely de-stemmed and vinification takes place for 3 weeks, in closed temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Natural homogenization occurs with the carbonic gas from fermentation, which produces a good extraction of tannins and releases the anthocyanins. Maturation takes place from 12 to 15 months in 2 to 5 year-old barrels.

CHARACTER
A wine that reflects its terroir well, with subtle aromas of blackcurrants and raspberries, becoming gamey with maturity.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

SAINT JOSEPH MALLEVAL

MATURATION
Maturation takes place from 15 to 18 months in 1 year-old barrels.

CHARACTER
It has red fruit and black pepper aromas with a gamey note, and slightly smokey.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

COTEAUX DE VIENNE - SYRAH D'AUGUSTE

TERROIR
Located on the south slopes of Vienne, at the opposite of the Côte-Rôtie vineyards with south, south-east facing slopes and on a clay-limestone soil. The grapes come from the young vines of the the plot. .

GRAPE VARIETY
100% syrah.

HARVESTS
By hand only.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Vinification similar as the Côte-Rôtie wines. Aged entirely into 2 to 5 year-old barrels between 9 and 18 months.

CHARACTER
Syrah d’Auguste is a very fruity and supple wine which should be drunk young. It offers red berries aromas (blackcurrant, black cherry) and is ideal on a great roasted meat.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

COTEAUX DE VIENNE - VENUS

GRAPE VARIETY
Viognier.

TERROIR
Côte Rôtie soil.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Vinified and matured the same as Condrieu Lys d’Or’, but using 2 year-old barrels

CHARACTER
Fine, racy wine with white-flesh fruit aromas. On the palate, there is a good minerality, opulent fruit and well-balanced finish.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

VIOGNIER PAYS D'OC

GRAPE VARIETY
Viognier.

TERROIR
Côte Rôtie soil. 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Vinified and matured the same as Condrieu Lys d’Or’, but using 2 year-old barrels

CHARACTER
Fine, racy wine with white-flesh fruit aromas. On the palate, there is a good minerality, opulent fruit and well-balanced finish. 

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

CONDRIEU

GRAPE VARIETY
100% viognier.

TERROIR
Stoney, clay-limestone soil.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Vinification and maturation in tank with temperatures controlled between 14° and 18° for 6 months.

CHARACTER
Pale yellow with gold glints, and an open floral nose. Fresh and fruity on the palate.

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About us

Company details

The history of CHRISTOPHE SEMASKA is linked to the revival in 1988, of a great CÔTE RÔTIE domain: le CHATEAU DE MONTLYS a gem left untouched by the 1789 Revolution.

Christophe SEMASKA hadn’t planned to become a winemaker, but his passion for fine wines and their history led him to Château de Montlys, at St Cyr sur le Rhône. This 16th-century domain, sits on a hillside facing the Rhône. A privileged location for exploiting the vines of Côte Rôtie, which today still remains the largest private domain in Côte Rôtie.

Château de Montlys, surrounded by its 8 ha of terraced vineyards, produced its last wine during the First World War of 1914/18. The Côte Rôtie « Château de Montlys » disappeared from the tables of France for 70 years, after the winemakers went off to fight during the 1914/18 war and the total devastation of the vineyards by phylloxera.

In 1988, 1ha38 of vines were replanted on rested terroir. Over the years, the vineyard has expanded and today stretches over 4ha. Throughout these years we have also developed our range to include other appellations such as CONDRIEU, ST JOSEPHCOTEAU DE VIENNE and CÔTE DU RHÔNE. Vinification and maturation were carried out in the ancient winery of the Château and the vaulted cellars. But due to the technical and economic expansion of the wine domain, a new winery was built in 2011, at 500m away, with the best equipment for vinification, maturation, and cellaring, and a new reception and tasting facilities.

So that the love and the passion for the terroir continue to shine even brighter, Christophe SEMASKA draws on all his knowledge in detail to achieve excellence.

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