Rhone Valley

Main grape varieties

ROUSSANE / MARSANNE


CARIGNAN


GRENACHE


MOURVEDRE


SHIRAZ

Domaine Johann Michel

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Johann Michel is a young self-taught winemaker who discovered his passion while tasting old bottles of wine with his grandfather. His first vintage was 1997. He now farms 4.17 hectares under culture raisonnée method in the lieux dits "Les Cotes", "Bayonnet", "Chaillot" and the parcel called "Saveaux" for the AOC Cornas.

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Rhone Valley - Septentrionale



Domaine Natacha Chave - Aléofane

(Biodynamic)

At the age of 28, Natacha Chave started her own “domaine” from scratch in 2004, buying 1.5 hectares of vines in St Joseph before adding another 6.5 hectares of Crozes-Hermitage in 2007.

Natacha Chave is talking about Aléofane: It's an island imagined by John MacMillan Brown in his book, Riallaro, the Archipelago of Exiles. "I took this literary reference to name the wine I wanted to make. The description corresponded to the controversy about wine in our society. It's a product shared with conviviality but obeys strict rules. In the city of Aléofane, fermented drinks are considered as diabolic and rare goods but possessing healing properties."

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Rhone Valley - Meridionale



Domaine Marcel Richaud

(Organic)

Cairanne produces many of the best wines made in the vast Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages. Situated atop a range of low hills, with perfect exposure, the elevation ensures slightly cooler temperatures than on the Plan de Dieu, (as the plain is known), where the summer heat is usually extreme.

Marcel Richaud has been a pioneer in terms of using a natural way of winemaking in Cairanne terroir. Marcel tends 40 hectares of vines and vinifies Mourvedre, Grenache, Shiraz grapes following an organic process for 30 years (production is certified Biologique by Ecocert). The mix of grape varieties is one of the reasons why Richaud’s wines have such great balance and finesse. Mourvèdre especially plays an important role in toning down the alcohol level that Grenache easily reaches in a warm year: it requires more sun and later picking, and in Cairanne, it is at the northern edge of its growing region.

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Chateau Gigognan

(Organic)

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Chateau Gigognan falls feet first into this dichotomy. The Chateau belonged to the Jesuit community and is built atop the foundation of a centuries-old monastery, yet has received an entirely modern face-lift that any architect could appreciate. Some of the vineyards are over one hundred years old, yet the vines are given every modern convenience in a hands-on organic and biodynamic way.

International flair and modern winemaking techniques will soon become as familiar as the rocky soils in the vineyards. Creativity, commitment, tradition and polish-traits that can all be found in abundance at Chateau Gigognan

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Domaine Les Deux Terres 

(Natural)


Domaine les Deux Terres is the collaborative vineyard of two winegrowers, Vincent and Manu who decided to stop selling their grapes to the co-op and start making their own wine together.

Les Deux Terres means ’the two lands’, a reference to the unification of their two vineyards. Their winery is located in Villeneuve de Berg, a tiny village in the heart of Ardeche.

Inspired by their natural winemaker neighbours like Le Mazel, Calek, and Azzoni, Deux Terres makes wine with very low interventions and maximum respect for the fruit.

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