Pascal Marthouret is tall, lean and muscular, and always dressed in shorts, thick socks and heavy walking boots. He lives in the middle of nowhere in a deeply rural setting high on the plateau near Charnas.
He owns several plots of vines and makes Saint Joseph, a little Condrieu, and IGP wines from syrah, marsanne, roussanne and viognier grown on the plateau. All are vinified in a new cellar outside the village which he built after he outgrew the old, cramped premises and which has been a great help to him.
He is an instinctive winemaker and his wines have a natural elegance, never being over extracted nor over oaked; one might say he is an artisanal vigneron in the very best sense. Indeed, his family also grow fruits and cereals, and farm livestock, making a delicious cheese from goat's milk.