Martine and Christian Rouchier are making some of the most exciting wines in the Northern Rhone today. Despite minute volumes, their unicorn status is growing globally with wines that display complexity few can reach.
Their two hectares are organic and biodynamic, managed by hand and horse. ‘Luc’ was planted in 1972 on the hills above St Jean de Muzols. The vineyard has a west facing aspect, an elevation of 250 metres, and soils consisting of clay and schist.
‘Chave’ was planted in 1958. It has western exposure and predominantly granitic gneiss soils. The grapes spend two weeks as whole clusters in concrete tanks using indigenous yeast. Pigeage and remontage is utilised before going to neutral wood for 16-18 months. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. No sulfur is added throughout the entirety of the vinification process.
These wines are the most natural representation of St Joseph. They can show a bit of reduction or be completely pure upon opening. I suggest opening in advance and assessing. A little decant will show the wine in its purest form. Very special wine indeed!