The diminutive Natcha Chave is undoubtedly a future star of the appellation. Natacha’s parents realized their dream of becoming winemakers and their small estate was passed on to Natacha’s brother. Instead of joining him, Natacha felt she needed the independence to make wines in her style from start to finish. She began with a small plot in St Joseph in 2004. She then purchased her first 5.5 hectares of old vine Crozes-Hermitage in 2007 and has been making fabulous wines ever since. She has been featured in top wine magazine Decanter as one of the 6 winemakers to watch in the Northern Rhone, and we feel very privileged to bring her wines into the US. The name ‘Aléofane’ comes from a book by John MacMillan Brown regarding a fictional island. The word ‘Aléofane’ here translates as ‘a gem of truth’.