Aurélien Chatagnier began working the vines of the Northern Rhône as a teenager under the mentorship of Jean-Luc Jamet and François Villard. At the age of 22 Aurélien had the opportunity to venture out on his own, and in 2002 he began his domaine with one hectare of rented vines on Saint-Joseph’s steep granitic slope. Since then, he has grown his holdings to ten hectares of vines in Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, and Condrieu. The majority of Aurélien’s vines lie in the northern part of Saint-Joseph around the town Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf just south of Côte-Rôtie’s Ampuis.
In the vineyard, Aurélien farms using organic principles and emphasizes the importance of working the vines and harvesting by hand. After harvesting the grapes, each grape cluster is fully de-stemmed prior to undergoing a native yeast fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barriques. Over the years Aurélien has decreased the amount of new oak in the cellar to 10-20 percent depending on the cuvée.