The vineyard was originally established in the areas surrounding Tournon: Mauves, Saint-Jean de Muzols et Lemps, “Mauves wines” were highly reputed in the last century even as far as Russia, on the Tsars’ dining table. Two sites had already gained respect at that time. Saint-Joseph hill-side, a parcel of land owned today by maison Chapoutier as well as that of Saint-Épine.
The soil is granitic and slightly acidic, on the right bank of the Rhône on the foothills of the Massif Central. We own the parcel of Saint-Joseph, situated between Mauves and Tournon, which has given its name to the appellation.
We are regularly checking the maturity evolution. Grapes are hand-harvested to the optimal maturity.
The wine is vinified in open concrete tank with one or two daily pumping over. Vatting lasts between 3 and 4 weeks.
The wine is mainly aged in vats with a part of oak casks from 12 to 18 months.
Colour: intense garnet red.
Nose: very floral (violet), developing into liquorice and spices.
Palate: supple attack with a dominant of red fruits. The final is long with spices.