Jean-Michel Stephan - 2018 - Côteaux de Tupin
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Jean-Michel Stephan - 2018 - Côteaux de Tupin

Serine

Côte-Rôtie, Rhone, France


As a teenager, Jean-Michel left home to work in the vineyards for a certain M. Brun in the Beaujolais, where he discovered a passion for vineyards and winemaking, as well as a friendship with the young Jean-Paul Brun. In 1986, Jean-Michel decided to plant his own vineyards and produced his first harvest in 1991. For the first few years, he sold the grapes off to Guigal, then eventually produced his first wine in 1994. The following year, he began certified organic farming, though the vineyards had been farmed as such since the beginning. Soon after, he was invited by his Belgian importer to pour wines at a salon held at the famous Cantillon Brewery, where he met other natural wine pioneers like Marcel Lapierre and Philippe & Michèle Aubèry of Domaine Gramenon for the first time. He learned that there were other people searching for a way to produce natural wine without any additives, and was inspired to continue his work to craft these wines in Côte-Rôtie, while integrating into a movement of like-minded producers. It took him many years (and several wrong turns) to perfect his risky sans sulfites (no added SO2) style, but a taste of any of his bottles promises to convert any lover of Syrah or Northern Rhône wines. In 2017, his son Romain joined the domaine, and together, they planted an additional five hectares outside the Côte-Rôtie appellation in the nearby towns of Roussillon, Verin, Condrieu, Ampuis, and Chasse-sur-Rhône.

“Côteaux de Tupin” is a single parcel of Serine belonging to the village of Tupin, in the Côte Blonde. Everything is worked by hand and with a winch. Special Guyot pruning called cabane to elevate grapes. Soil is worked with pickaxe to control weed and bring humidity to the soil.
The Côteaux de Tupin comes exclusively from 100% Serine vines, an older variety of Syrah found only around Côte-Rôtie that has lower yields but incredible quality. Part of the vineyard was planted in 1941, which is blended together with the Serine vines that Jean-Michel planted in the late 1990s. Carbonic maceration / 2 weeks without agitation / pressed to tank and racked off lees. 24 months in neutral oak barrel.