First harvest of Syrah at the domain by Benoit CHIRAT, grandfather of Gilbert.
First plantation of Condrieu below the church of St. Michel.
Installation of Gilbert CHIRAT.
First vinification of CONDRIEU.
Stoppage of all fruit production in favour of vines with the plantation of CONDRIEU, SYRAH and VIOGNIER.
First vinification of VDP VIOGNIER.
Construction of the new cellar.
First vinification of RED SAINT JOSEPH.
Creation of the cuvee CAMBE in collaboration with the CAMBERABERO family.
Installation of Aurélien Chirat, young agriculturist.
First vinification of WHITE SAINT JOSEPH.
Creation of a cuvée: CONDRIEU CLOS PONCINS.
Extension of the Cellar and first vinification of COTE ROTIE from Cote Rozier.
A new cuvée call SOLISTE of Saint Joseph rouge is born from the south of the Appelation.
We obtain the High Value Environnemental Label.
For all the wines : Manual grape gathering, meticulous selection of the grapes. No yeasting during the fermentation are add
For the “CONDRIEU” and “White ST JOSEPH” : Skin maceration, pressing, debourbage under cold conditions, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrels, maturation for one year.
For the “White Vins de Pays” : Pressing, debourbage under cold conditions, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation only in the vat.
For the red wines for keeping : “ST JOSEPH” "COTE ROTIE" and “SYRAH OR PISTE” : Grapes picked totally by hand, destem of not depend the year, alcoholic fermentation in open vats for three weeks with regular pigeages and remontages, pressing, and maturation in barrels for one year for the ST JOSEPH and Or Piste and 20 months for the COTE ROTIE.
For the reds of medium and short keeping: “Les Chirats” : Grapes totally picked off the stalk, alcoholic fermentation in open vats for 10 days weeks with regular remontages, pressing and maturation in stainless steel vats.
All our bottles are corked with best quality natural cork.
The new barrels we use for come exclusively from French oak with Saury and Allary and center of Europe for STOCKING.
Our barrel-makers are SAURY ALLARY and STOCKINGER. In 2019 we have buy 2 wood tank in VARDA & STOCKINGER
The cellar has a system of temperature regulation, in order to reduce as much as possible any variations in the temperature, harmful for the wine.
In 2014 the construction of a new cuverie and a new store-house will allow us to vinify under the best conditions the plots of land starting production.
Located in the north of the Rhone Valley, 50km south of Lyon, in the village of St. Michel sur Rhone. Our vines are situated on impressive terraces on steep slopes, consequence of the passage of a millenary river : Le Rhône.
Our vines are on the right bank of this river with an exposition south-east, on a good geological uniformity with a granite dominance.
On this steep part of the Rhone Valley, the first traces of vine leaves go back to well before the conquest of Gaul by the Romans. Vienne was already famous for its wines from the second century B.C.
Our method of work in the vines is simple: we wish to produce the best possible grapes. We practise a reasoned viticulture based on the observation of the different stages of the vine : « The right action at the right moment ». All the work on the vine which is indispensable for the quality of the grapes is put into use, thinning out of the leaves, no weeding out.
The vines situated on the hillsides (the wines of appellation of protected origin) have a plantation density of about 7500 plants per hectare, the aim being to reduce the vigour of the plants. The vine-stocks then produce fewer bunches with quality grapes, more concentrated and richer in aromas.
The vines planted wide and on the upper parts of the slopes (Vin de Pays) with only 5500 plants per hectare have no weeding out, which regulates the vigour, limits erosion and the use of chemical weed-killers.