This sunny site on the right bank of the Rhone has been planted with vines since Roman times. While we're not sure about the quality back then, today we can safely commend the Amez-Droz family for producing good wines at even better prices. In the small village of Chusclan, where 85% of the 256-hectare production goes to the local cooperative, Signac is the only proprietary cellar. But the viticultural practices under Jean-Marc Amez Droz are as rigorous here as anywhere. His family bought Château Signac in 1989, attracted to the remarkable property, with sandy calcareous soil more typical of the best spots of Châteauneuf than the villages of the southern Rhone. The 38-hectare vineyard is planted to an unusual mix of varieties, including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and a healthy dose of spicy, lower pH Counoise.