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Domain: Jean-Michel Stephan

This exceptional domain produces – and it’s a rare enough fact in the region to be pointed out – natural Côte-Rôties without sulphites. He is converting to organic viticulture and takes inspiration from biodynamics, following the lunar calendar for instance. The results are stunning: wines which are admired for their freshness, purity and elegance.

Jean-Michel Stephan established his property in the commune of Tupin-Semons in the Côte-Rôtie appellation in 1991. This enthusiastic young winegrower planted his first hectare at the age of 14 and began his career at Jean-Paul Brun's Domaine des Terres Dorées (Beaujolais). From the outset, he opted for a very natural approach, both in his vineyards and at the winery. His vineyard was even certified organic at one stage, until he left this system believing it to be unreliable (particularly in the area of checks). Although no longer accredited, he has retained the practices of organic farming and does not use any artificial products, only organic fertilisers. New plots are planted with massal-selection Serine. His 4.5 hectares of vines have a hillside location and an ideal south, south-east exposure. On some of these parcels the work can only be carried out with the help of a horse or on foot. After a meeting with Yvon Métras and Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Michel stopped adding sulphites to his wine in 1997. He uses indigenous yeasts for fermentation and all aspects of his winemaking are as natural and as low intervention as possible. Élevage, in barrels used for several fills, ranges from 12 to 24 months depending on the vintage. The wines are not fined or filtered. Jean-Michel Stephan takes every possible step to bring out the freshness and purity of the fruit and a sumptuous and elegant character. Because of the minimal use of sulphur, some of his wines can have a slightly reduced nose but these aromas quickly fade after aeration. Côtes-Rôtie wines from Jean-Michel Stephan are some of the most sought-after within the appellation.

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Jean-Michel Stephan

Jean-Michel Stephan
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Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes en Coteaux - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

100% Syrah

Stephan's top of the range cuvée from historic Côte-Rôtie vines is a wine to be kept, full of character and very classy. When matured, it will pair beautifully with game and sauce-based red meat dishes.

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Côte-Rôtie  Coteaux de Tupin

Côte-Rôtie Coteaux de Tupin - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

100% serine

Cette 100% serine s'exprime avec pureté et fraîcheur. Une très belle cuvée réalisée par une jeune star rhodanienne des vins nature.

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Côte-Rôtie

Côte-Rôtie - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

100%Syrah

Un flacon d'exception signé par une figure rhodanienne des vins natures : son caractère affirmé et la fraîcheur de son fruit son garants d'un moment d'une grande émotion.

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Côte-Rôtie  Coteaux de Bassenon

Côte-Rôtie Coteaux de Bassenon - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

100%Syrah

20 ans de garde ne sont pas toujours suffisants à cette magnifique côte-rôtie qui, même avec le temps, se révèle toujours aussi aromatique et fraîche. Sa finale interminable couronne chaque dégustation... et nous laisse pantois.

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Côte-Rôtie So'Brune - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

Syrah'>Syrah, Viognier

A lovely Côte-Rôtie that develops aromas of dark fruit and liquorice. A powerful wine that surprises with its freshness, an expression of its terroir.

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Vin de France - Vin de France (Red)

Syrah, Viognier

Particularly juicy and indulgent, this vin de France is a very good example of this small domain’s know-how.

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Côte-Rôtie Les Binardes - Côte-Rôtie (Red)

100%Syrah

Produced from grapes grown at the bottom of the Tupin slope, this cuvée is redolent with tension and freshness: the perfect introduction to the winemaking style of J.M Stephan.

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What the guides say...

  • La Revue du vin de France
"Jean-Michel Stephan owns some excellent parcels in Côte-Rôtie, where he produces wines which have immediately established themselves as among the finest in the appellation."
RVF
  • Bettane & Desseauve
"Jean-Michel Stephan is a purist, and this is reflected in his wines. The domain works entirely without sulphites, and the cuvées must be stored in a cool cellar or refrigerated wine cabinet. We advise decanting these wines before tasting."
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