Jean Michel Stephan set up his own domain from scratch in 1991. Today Jean Michel owns 4.5 hectares in the south of the appellation Côte Rotie ( in Tupin and Semon). Jean Michel is a ‘free electron’, a really independent person. He works his wines the old way, the Jules Chauvet's way as stated on the label. The vineyard is made up of many plots located in various registered places of Côte Rôtie. There, work is intense, all the more so he refuses to resort to the use of any chemicals in the soils as well as in the vineyard. So this means plowing by horse (in the lower parts), winch tractor, a pickaxe for weeding and compost. Today, the planted grape varieties of the domaine are 30% of "serine" (the authentic variety of syrah), 60% of cloned Syrah, and 10% of Viognier aged from 15 to 115 years old with 6 wines : Côte Rotie Bassenon, Tupin, vieilles vignes, tradition and one wine 100% syrah and a 100% Viognier in Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodanniennes in total).
Regarding the wine making process, the fermentations are done in anaerobic environment.(whole bunch grapes entirely saturated in CO2 for finer aromas) without the use of SO2. Aged in old oak, the wines are non- filtered and no fining agents are used either. From the vineyard to the bottle, the work is done without oxygen and as a result reduced notes can be detected when opening the bottle. Some time in the decanter may be needed in order to fully taste the subtlety , the fineness , the freshness as well as the minerality of these wines.