Julien Pilon "le bruit des vagues" 2021
This cuvée, composed of Marsanne and Roussanne, is a blend of two parcels of young vines located on plateaux overlooking the northern Rhône valley. The average altitude of 300 m and the less sunny exposure than neighboring appellations (Condrieu and Saint-Joseph) allow to keep a maximum of freshness in the wines. The plots are harvested manually and vinified separately. The wine is aged for 10 months in 400-liter barrels.
"It is probably in memory of my years spent in the vineyards of Collioure and Banyuls that I sometimes dream of sipping this white wine, fresh, aromatic and precise to the melodious sound of the waves... " Julien Pilon
Young winemaker Julien Pilon is based in Chavanay, on the right bank of the Northern Rhône Valley, in the Condrieu region. Since 2010, he has been making dry white wines (Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Péray, Saint-Joseph, Hermitage and Condrieu) vinified and aged with brio in wood, from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes. His red wines (Saint-Joseph, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie), 100% Syrah, are equally successful. All these wines are the expression of their rich terroirs and of a precious work performed on a small scale.
Julien trained trough encounters and travels. A child of the Rhone Valley, he first worked with Yves Cuilleron, and with Olivier Decelle at the Mas Amiel estate in Maury in the Roussillon. Then came Spain, Banyuls with Pierre and Pascale Gaillard, and finally a return to his roots. Having neither land nor cellar, Julien bought the grapes and made his first vintage in 2010, in his parents' garage. He aims to produce wines that respect the identity of their terroir, offering both concentration and finesse. A year later, in 2011, he had the opportunity to buy 1.5 hectares of vines. Since then, the estate has been developing, until the construction of its own winery in the summer of 2020.
- Julien Pilon
- Vin de France
- Rhone Valley
- 70 % Marsanne, 30 % Roussanne
- 13.5 %
- 75 cl