Côte-Rôtie of Jean-Michel Stephan

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

For those who love Syrah-Viognier, Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône Valley of France is its traditional home. No more than 20% of Viognier is allowed in the official blend but most winemakers will typically only use 5-10% during co-fermentation with Syrah to produce wines which are usually deeper and brighter in colour, slightly stronger in tannins and almost always with lifted, aromatic characters. Organic Côte-Rôtie is NOT very common really, much less the authentic, natural, SO2-free ones. The labour required to work on these rather steep slopes and precarious terrain is back-breaking, to say the least. And this is what made Jean-Michel Stephan's wines quite exceptional, even rare in our current marketplace. Whilst Monsieur Stephan's wines may not please every palate, especially those who are used to the more robust, glossy, fruit forward juices, there is freshness and clarity