Aurélien Chatagnier created his own domaine in 2002, when he was just in his early 20s. He doesn’t come from a winemaking family, but as a teenager he worked in the vines for Domaine Jamet, where he became inspired to learn more about winemaking. He worked for several years with François Villard, who eventually pushed him to head out on his own. Starting with just over 1 hectare of rented vines, Aurélien has steadily built up a domaine of almost 10 hectares by purchasing, bartering, and replanting vineyards around the town of Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf at the Northern extreme of the Saint Joseph appellation. The vineyards are predominantly granite, and very steep. The house style leans towards a lean, pure style of winemaking, and shows the reason why some of the best producers in the area decided to pass the torch over to Aurélien as one of the best young winemakers in the region. After years of meticulously working the vines at Domaine Jamet, Aurelien Chatagnier founded his namesake estate in 2002, starting with one hectare of rented vines, gradually purchasing and replanting ten of his own. His Cornas is fermented with native yeasts in barrique, aged one year in a combination of new and used oak. The final wine is aromatic and dark-fruited, with notes of purple flowers, olive, and wet earth.