Julien Pilon "dimanche à Lima" 2021 -...

Julien Pilon "dimanche à Lima" 2021 - Saint-Joseph blanc

"When my wife and I decided to leave the Roussillon region, where we had been living for 10 years, to return to the Rhone Valley, we took a year to go on a world tour with our daughter (the only one at the time). Our last day of this fabulous trip marked the first day of my winemaking activity. We were on a Sunday, in Lima!"

This cuvée, which contains in equal parts Marsanne and Roussanne, is a blend of six different parcels spread from north to south of the appellation. Exposures vary from south to southeast on hillsides and plateaus overlooking the Rhone Valley. All lots are vinified and aged separately. The plots are harvested manually. The wine is aged for 10 months in 225 l and 400 l barrels, of which about 15% is new wood.

A beautiful aromatic richness dominated by floral and honeyed notes; in the mouth, volume, tension, and great length.

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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
Rhone Valley
50 % Marsanne, 50 % Roussanne
13 %
75 cl

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