Jean-Baptiste Souillard is releasing only his third vintage, but his skills and vision have already garnered serious critical acclaim. A native of the northern Rhône, Jean-Baptiste’s father directed the local wine co-op and so he early formed an ambition to become a winemaker. With a collection of wine diplomas under his belt, Jean-Baptiste set out to acquire practical skills, apprenticing to luminaries like Ben Leroux and Jean-Luc Colombo. Finally, in 2009, to perfect his technical skills, he began a stint as a consulting oenologist at a lab in Cornas. In 2014, he began making wine under his own name. The Domaine comprises a mere 2 hectares at present but Jean-Baptiste, focused on producing singular, terroir-driven wines, remarkably makes 15 different cuvées from Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Jean-Baptiste prefers parcels situated high on slopes, ideally near the ridges and rich in granite. The resulting wines boast structure, minerality, and cool reserve.