All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
Côte Rôtie "So'Brune" is also comprised of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, but this comes from a high elevation parcel planted on mica schist. This is very forward and plush in style. Dark and very soft-fruited in the warm 2017 vintage.
About Jean-Michel Stephan
Jean-Michel takes an approach to vinification in Côte Rôtie that differs drastically from its neighbors. Stephan's philosophy, coming from his time in Villié-Morgon, mean that he employs full carbonic fermentation for his Syrah—a process customarily reserved for Gamay in Beaujolais.
As he explained to us, the whole clusters are placed into fermentation tanks free of sulphur additions, he pumps in some CO2, closes the hatch, and walks away. When he returns, the intracellular or "carbonic fermentation" is complete. On one hand, this gives a fruitier note to Syrah, but the addition of stems counter that with spice, tannin, and freshness.