Name: Domaine J-M Stephan Start-up year: 1991 Address: Tupin-et-Semons (France)
Jean-Michel Stephan is an independent spirit of the Côte-Rôtie. He studied in Belleville, in Beaujolais and took his first steps in 1991, spurred on by his passion for biology and plants. The most extensive property is 1.5 ha on the Coteau de Bassenon. It is a slope of 40 °, with lots of terraces carved into soft granite or beola. The upper part is from 1987; the low part, of 0.87 ha goes from 1896 to 1902 and this part is used in the cuvée "Vieille Vigne en Coteaux" when the vintage is level. His other sites are Tupin (1965), Coteaux de Tupin (1980), and a tiny plot of 0.3 ha at Verenay (1992). At present, its vineyard is about 60% clone massal, 30% Serrine, and 10% Viognier.