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.

WINES

St. Joseph Blanc

60/40 Marsanne & Roussanne. 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.

St. Joseph Rouge

100% Syrah. 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). 700 cs produced.

St. Joseph Rouge “La Sybarite”

100% Syrah. Organically farmed. Granite terroir. Manual harvest, destemmed, native yeast fermentation, with daily pumpovers for three weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Elevage: 12 months in new (2/3) and used barrels (1/3). Average production: 1,200 bottles/year.


VdP Syrah “Le Crêt Louison”

100% Syrah from the commune of Limony and planted on granite soils. Vinification: Manual harvest, native yeast fermentation in temperature control stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Elevage of 12 months in used barrels (1-5 years old). Average production: 1,500 bottles/year.

Cornas

Organic. 100% Syrah. From a tiny parcel (0.5 ha) on granite soils. Hand-harvested and destemmed. Native yeast fermentation in concrete and ageing in 225 liter barrels. 100 cs produced.