The Domaine was founded and is run by Yann MENAGER, a native to PELUSSIN (close to where the domaine is located). The domaine is comprised of high altitude vineyards, with heavy gneiss deposits. Reductive winemaking in neutral vessels, raised in some new, but mostly passed barrels. The winery itself was most recently a cow barn that Mr. MENAGER has converted. Yann considers himself a “polyculturist”, raising livestock as well as fruits and vegetables. He is most known as being Yves Cuilleron’s vineyard manager for the past decade! Certainly a rising star, he has begun to producer some Cote Rotie, and IGP that we will begin to see in 2016 vintage release.
His winery is located high above the vineyards of Saint Joseph on his family’s farm in the tiny hamlet of Champailler at 798m elevation, below the aptly named Roche Paradis. Picking is done by hand, yields are kept low at around 35 hl/ha or less and all wines undergo natural (native yeast) ferment and natural malolactic conversion. The result is a range of wines that show superb energy and balance, with a freshness and finesse that harks back to a day before super-extraction and lots of new oak became de-rigueur in the Northern Rhône.
A field blend, produced from 60% Marsanne (64 year old vines) and 40% Roussanne (young vines) planted in granitic soil at Les Vessettes on the slope above the town of Chavanay. Fermented with natural yeasts in barrique with no battonage and bottled after malo to retain the freshness imparted by the granite soils. Only 1600 bottles produced. -Winemaker’s Notes
Wine Spectactor (WS)
This sports a bright mix of yellow apple, green plum and white peach flavors that are fresh and racy, with light heather and salted butter notes lending an opulent hint through the finish. Drink now for freshness or cellar a touch for the more honeyed side. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases made.
–JM, March 2018