Aurélien Chatagnier

Aurélien Chatagnier created his own domaine in 2002 while he was just in his early 20s. He doesn’t come from a winemaking family, but as a teenager he worked in the vines for Domaine Jamet, where he became inspired to learn more about winemaking. He worked for several years with François Villard, who eventually pushed him to head out on his own. Starting with just over 1 hectare of rented vines, Aurélien has steadily built up a domaine of almost 10 hectares by purchasing, bartering, and replanting vineyards around the town of St-Pierre-de-Boeuf at the Northern extreme of the Saint Joseph appellation. The vineyards are predominantly granite and extremely steep. The house style runs towards a lean, pure style of winemaking, and shows the reason why some of the best producers in the area decided to pass the torch over to Aurélien as one of the best young winemakers in the region. Aurélien farms organically and employs a light touch in the cellar where he favors native yeasts, mostly used oak, limited extraction, and bottles without fining or filtration.
“One of the best young winemakers in the region” -Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company

Wines

Condrieu

Varietal: Viognier

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Viognier. Assembly: 2 parcels located in the municipality of Limony. For one, facing south and granite soil with some clay (for richness). For the other, facing east and granitic soil (elegance and finesse). Vinification: Manual harvest, native yeast fermentation, temperature control fermentation between 15 to 20 ° C. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Elevage of 8 to 9 months in barrels, 10% new. Approx annual production: 300 cs produced.

Cote-Rotie

Varietal: Syrah

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Syrah. Sourced from three parcels in above the village of Ampuis in the Cote Brune- Brocarde, Bonniviere, and Cote Rosier. Together they make only 0.2 ha. Schist soils with very steep slopes. 100% Destemmed, natural yeast fermentation in fiberglass tanks, 3 pump overs per day, then maceration a chaud (30-32ºC). Malo in barrel and aged in both new and used barriques. Annual production: approx 85 cs

St. Joseph Blanc

Varietal: Marsanne, Roussanne

Color: White

Farming Practice

Organically farmed.  Assembly of two parcels in the communes of Ardoix (Marsanne) and Limony (Roussanne). Granite soils. Vinification: Manual harvest, native yeast fermentation in temperature control stainless steel from 15 to 20 ° C. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Elevage of 8 to 9 months in used barrels. 60/40 Marsanne and Roussanne.

St. Joseph Rouge

Varietal: Syrah

Color: Red

Farming Practice

Organically farmed. Assembly of several parcels within 4 towns: Ardoix, Charnas, and Malleval Limony. They are located on granitic soils, facing south/southeast. Winemaking: Hand harvested, total de-stemming, native yeast fermentation, with daily pumpovers for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Elevage: 12 months in used barrels (1 to 5 year old).

Syrah

Varietal: Syrah

Color: Red

Farming Practice

100% Syrah. Farmed organically from a parcel situated in the commune of Charnas with south-south west exposition. Granite soils. Hand harvested, destemmed, 3 pump overs per day. Native yeast fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and 6 month elevage in 5-6 year old barrels. Bottled unfiltered.

Syrah Le Crêt Louison

Varietal: Syrah

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. Crêt Louison is a lieu dit located entirely within the AOC of St. Joseph. This single vineyard wine was planted in 2007, and while Aurélien considers it to be one of his best terroirs, it was never classified AOC Saint-Joseph because the owner had not planted vines there and was unable to request the appellation later. The DNA of the wine, however, is pure St. Joseph. The parcel is only 0.23 ha that sits on granite soils. Hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented with native yeast. Very gentle punchdowns to limit extraction. Ageing in neutral oak for 12-15 months. Bottled without fining/filtering. Approx annual production: 100 cs

Press