Our story


The story begins in 2001 with 1.5 hectares of vines on a tenant smallholding in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation district, just south of the small town of Tain l’Hermitage. Year by year, the estate has acquired new lands which today occupy 15 hectares divided among the municipalities of La Roche-de-Glun, Pont-de-l'Isère, and Mercurol (0.25 hectares of these growing Crozes-Hermitage Blanc).

Since the very beginning, Emmanuel has made a point of separating out the production from each land parcel for winemaking to keep the emphasis on each terrain’s subtlety and live expression. His ideal is to strike a perfect balance, requiring the utmost care during the grape harvest. The soils are worked and the output is limited. The grapes are picked manually and grouped by parcel. The harvest is destalked and placed in fermentation vats for 15–20 days. The wine is brought to a finish in wood containers, mostly casks but also conical wooden vats or huge oak barrels called "demi muids”.

Since 2010, the estate has enjoyed the addition of a second appellation, «Saint-Joseph» on a 1.7 hectare vineyard (0.2 hectares dedicated to Saint Joseph blanc). Located on a south-east facing hillside in the municipality of Tournon-sur-Rhône, the area in which this land lies is known as La Darde, a French nickname suggesting "Speared by the sun”.

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