Julien Pilon "Arme blanche" 2021 - Chardonnay
"Lône" designates the secondary arms of the Rhône and its tributaries.
This cuvée is a blend of five different terroirs of the appellation. Exposures vary from south to southeast on steep slopes overlooking the Rhone. Planting densities are high, and all work is done by hand. The parcels are vinified separately. The wine is aged for 10 months in 225-liter barrels, of which about 10% is new wood.
It presents an elegant and complex nose where delicate lemony and floral notes stand out; the mouth offers a beautiful freshness, roundness, the final is persistent and thirst-quenching.
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 Pays des collines rhodaniennes
- Rhone Valley
- 13 %
- 75 cl