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Julien Pilon On the Rhone Again Crozes-Hermitage 2017

| white | elegant & fine |

Specifications

Grapes
100% marsanne
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2022
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1040401-R
22.75
€ 21.25 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

Has a discreetly intricate nose, citrus lemon peel, wispy flowers, near jasmin, a touch of aniseed – it has style, is an interesting debut. This is well textured, bears most agreeable soft gras, which persists well, gives pleasure. The flavour centres on tangerine, white plum, a late note of spicing. This drinks very cleanly and well, can do the aperitif or go with steamed fish, purely flavoured dishes. The nose has good lift, and the palate carries good detail. It has salty length. It drinks very well now.” [John Livingston / drinkrone.com,  December 2018]

Wine producer
The 35-year old Julien Pilon from Chavanay (one of the seven AOC Condrieu municipalities) is a newcomer who has been making considerable headway in the Northern Rhône arena. After studying oenology, working for ten years, and travelling the world, Pilon decided on a career in wine (instead of rugby) . He was looking for a domaine of his own, but without family connections, this involves considerable time and money. He decided to specialize in the production of white Northern Rhône wines as a small ‘producteur-négociant’. Strategically, it was a smart choice, given the growing popularity of white Rhône wines around the world, and Julien’s talent as a winemaker. He whisks the grapes right out from under the noses of the négociants simply by paying the growers better and faster.In addition to having Guilleron, Gaillard and Villa (respected producers from the Northern Rhône) as his mentors, Pilon has a clear preference for fermentation in barriques. This is a technique that he is exceptionally good at. ‘Masterly’ according to Lars Daniels’s findings during the Découvertes 2015.
Quote & Reviews

Julien Pilon: “Cette marsanne s’étire sur des saveurs nuancées de fleurs et de fruits blancs. La finale finement salée donne une belle longueur au vin.”

John Livingston: “Has a discreetly intricate nose, citrus lemon peel, wispy flowers, near jasmin, a touch of aniseed – it has style, is an interesting debut. This is well textured, bears most agreeable soft gras, which persists well, gives pleasure. The flavour centres on tangerine, white plum, a late note of spicing. This drinks very cleanly and well, can do the aperitif or go with steamed fish, purely flavoured dishes. The nose has good lift, and the palate carries good detail. It has salty length. It drinks very well now.” [december 2018]

Wine Advocate: “The medium-bodied 2017 Crozes Hermitage Blanc On The Rhône Again features subtle aromas of honey and marshmallow. Thankfully, it’s more interesting on the palate, where it offers a surprising concentration, a rich texture and a silky finish.” [december 2018]

Ratings

Wine Advocate
89/100