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Julien Pilon Le Bruit des Vagues Collines Rhodaniennes 2017

white | juicy & concentrated |
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100% marsanne
Alcohol %
35 hl/ha
barrel aged
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2021
Fiche Technique
Product code
€ 13.75 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

The nose is quite aromatic and offers white and yellow fruit (peach, pear) as well as citrus and mineral notes. The taste is slightly fat (harvest year?) with juicy fruit of wild peach and quince. Further down some fennel and a dairy-like smoothness. 2017 is generous, which somewhat enhances the fatness of the wine. This Vin de Pays is convincing and appealing, shows a striking amount of length and body. The oak is well integrated. The craftsmanship of Pilon is evident from this relatively simple wine. Can be served as aperitif or to be combine with food. [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: “Nez très net et franc sur des arômes de fruits à chaire blanche. La bouche est ronde et fraîche avec une finale tendue.”

John Livingston / “The nose is reticent, a light drift of orange blossom, a sense of carbonic gas, elegant toasting. The palate produces a candy flavour, with typical Marsanne almond-nougat nuttiness, develops gras and sweet notes through its course, ends on salted cut. The carbonic gas is evident in its slight spritz. There’s slight floral blossom on the end. This is correct, but not more, is best suited to the aperitif. [December 2018]

Perswijn: “honing en abrikozen, stro en boenwas. Mooi strak en droog, fijne zuren, bitters.” (15,5/20 geselecteerd binnen betaalbare klasse / augustus 2018]

Yoshitaka Kono (Cépages Corp): “The wine relies on a beautifully pure expression of melon, fennel and white peach flavors with lovely floral lift through the finish. Great freshness on the palate thanks to a subtle bitterness.”


John L. Livingston
Revue du Vin de France