Julien Pilon "mon grand-père était...

Julien Pilon "mon grand-père était limonadier" 2021

"I vinified my very first vintage in my parents' garage, where several decades earlier my maternal grandfather had his lemonade business."

This 100% Viognier cuvée is made from a blend of four parcels, all located on plateaux overlooking the northern Rhone Valley. The altitude of 300 m and the less sunny exposure than the vines of neighboring appellations (Condrieu - Saint-Joseph) allow to keep a maximum of freshness on the wines. All the plots are harvested by hand and vinified separately.

Aged for 10 months on lees in second-hand barrels of 225 l and 400 l, this cuvée expresses the typical aromas of a Northern Rhone Viognier, with its notes of citrus and apricot. An aromatic wine but subtle, fresh and generous.

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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
Vin de France
Rhone Valley
13 %
75 cl

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