Les Binardes comes from the vines Jean-Michel planted between 1994 and 1997 in the lower part of the Coteaux de Tupin and is an explosive and emblematic Côte-Rôtie. As is traditional in the area, a bit of Viognier is co-fermented with the Syrah, for a total of 10% in this wine. The wine is then aged for one year in stainless steel. This is the cuvée of Côte-Rôtie that is most ready to drink early on.
Notes from Paris Wine Company:
"Having vinified over 30 vintages of Côte-Rôtie, Jean-Michel Stephan is one of the true masters of natural winemaking in the Northern Rhône. His wines have a vivacious purity that make them instantly identifiable, marked by a balance of energy and transcendence that comes from a lifetime pursuit of his vision to craft flawless wines with absolutely no additives.
The domaine farms five hectares of Côte-Rôtie spread between three different parcels: Côteaux de Bassenon, Côteaux de Tupin, and a tiny plot in Côte Brune. Each parcel is vinified separately using carbonic or semi-carbonic maceration depending on the vintage, without the addition of any yeast, enzymes, or SO2. Les Binards comes from the lower part of Tupin and is aged for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. The other three cuvées are all aged in barrel for 12-24 months.
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."