Winegrowers: Jean-Michel and Romain Stéphan
Region: Rhône Valley
Grape varieties Grape varieties: Serine (Syrah), Syrah, Viognier
Surface area Winery: 5 ha (Côte Rôtie and a small amount of Condrieu) and 5 ha as Vin de Pays
Annual production: 25,000
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All about Maison Stéphan
The wines of maison Stéphan
From the vineyard to the bottle, Jean-Michel Stephan works his Côte-Rôtie without oxygen, which results in a little reduction on opening. A decanting is therefore necessary, and then you get all the subtlety, finesse, freshness and above all that superb minerality! Here are wines that surprise by their authenticity, like Jean Michel!
The story of Winery Stéphan
The Winery Stephan was created from scratch in 1991 in the Rhône Valley. By himself. Today, Jean-Michel and his two sons own 5 hectares in the south of the Côte-Rôtie appellation (Tupin and Semons) and 5 other hectares in the IGP. Jean-Michel is a free spirit, truly independent. He works his wines the old-fashioned way, "à la Jules Chauvet" as he claims on his labels. Composed of several parcels (less than 1 hectare) on several Côte-Rôtie climates, the work is intense, especially sincehe refrains from using any chemicals in the soil and in the vines.
This means ploughing with a horse (in the lower parts), winch, pickaxe for weeding, compost. To date, theGrape varieties of Winery is composed of 30% of Serine (original variety of Syrah), 60% Syrah cloned and 10% ViognierThe wines range in age from 15 to 115 years old, with 6 cuvées in total (Côte-Rôtie Bassenon, Tupin, Les Binardes, So Brune, Condrieu plus 100% Syrah wines and a 100% Viognier in Vin de Pays). In winemakingFermentations are in an anaerobic environment (whole bunches saturated in CO2 for finer aromas). No use of SO2. Aged in old barrels. The wines are not filtered or fined.
Maison Stéphan: a family Winery
In 2017, Jean-Michel Stéphan joined forces with his son Romain to create the Maison Stéphan and build his future. The other son, Dorian, is still in training and is expected to join the project during 2022-2023.
A magnificent winery, grocery shop, restaurant and seminar room complex was built in 2021.