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Julien Pilon Les Maisons de Victor Saint-Péray 2017

| white | elegant & fine |

Specifications

Grapes
80% marsanne, 20% roussanne
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2023
Fiche Technique
Product code
1070401
23.95
€ 22.25 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

Vitrus, ginger tang airs lead the nose, an undercurrent of vanilla from oak, white raisin. It’s a clear, uplifted start. The palate continues on a citrus theme, with a touch of carbonic gas and its perlant effect in the texture. The gras is rather slinky, has a firm squeeziness, builds in depth as it goes, ends more robustly than finely. It’s interesting, not monochrome, is spiced, shows white plum, late banana in the flavour. It will open up, show more from spring 2019, and decanting will aid it. It drinks well, has joli length, will please. ” [John Livinston / drinkrhone.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: “D’un fruité fin et délicat, la bouche expressive est fraîche avec une belle acidité qui s’harmonise avec un boisé racé. De petites notes de réduction apportent un plus à l’assemblage.”

John Livinston / drinkrhone.com: “Vitrus, ginger tang airs lead the nose, an undercurrent of vanilla from oak, white raisin. It’s a clear, uplifted start. The palate continues on a citrus theme, with a touch of carbonic gas and its perlant effect in the texture. The gras is rather slinky, has a firm squeeziness, builds in depth as it goes, ends more robustly than finely. It’s interesting, not monochrome, is spiced, shows white plum, late banana in the flavour. It will open up, show more from spring 2019, and decanting will aid it. It drinks well, has joli length, will please. ” [ december 2018]

Wine Advocate: “An 80-20 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, all barrel fermented and matured, the 2017 Saint Péray les Maisons de Victor hints at honey and toasted almond, but it balances those elements with ripe melon, pear and pineapple. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a creamy mid-palate and a long, elegant finish. Drink it over the next couple of years.” [december 2018]

Ratings

Wine Advocate
92