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Julien Pilon Prisme Hermitage 2014

| white | full bodied & complex |
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Specifications

Grapes
100% marsanne
Alcohol %
13.5%
Yield
30 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2024-2026
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1050501
57.50
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

An exotic fruit salad with predominantly mango, mandarin and peach, surrounded by smoky notes.It’s generous and round, with a concentration of white peach and Reine Claude plum. Some spiciness (anise, mint), a pleasant bitterness and a trace of white pepper as it develops in the mouth. The aftertaste is long and intense, but somewhat reserved and tannic! This much too young wine benefits from at least 2-3 years of bottle aging to release some of the complexity. Certainly not open before 2018 and probably also use a carafe. Has good potential to age nicely and will be impressive. An absolute wine to be combined with food. [July 2016]

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

Wine Spectator: “Definitely a domaine to watch. The wines are very much in the image of the vigneron too – understated, stylish and relying more on nuance than over power.”