The vineyard was originaly established in the areas surrounding Tournon : Mauves, Saint-Jean de Muzols et Lemps, ” Mauves wines ” were higly reputated 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.