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Julien Pilon On the Rhone Again Crozes-Hermitage 2016

| white | elegant & fine |
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Specifications

Grapes
100% marsanne
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2020
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2017
Video
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Product code
1040401-R
20.75 15.95
€ 19.25 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

In the nose yellow fruit (peach, pear), floral notes and citrus peel. The mouth is greasy and shows yellow fruit, almond and a small marmalade bitter. The wine has a pleasant structure and reasonable length, shows slightly spicy and even salty as she develops in the mouth. The oak is beautifully integrated and supportive. A food paring wine which reflects her origin (Crozes-Hermitage) and shows a generous, more mature version of the marsanne. [November 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

John Livingston: “This is suave Crozes, more la table than aperitif: drink with poultry, cod in sauce, mild Asian spice dishes.”

Ratings

John L. Livingston
***(*)
Revue du Vin de France
15/20