Julien Pilon - Crozes-Hermitage, Marsanne (2019)
Almond and pear tart, honey and beeswax, cherry blossom, and a little woodsy like a breath of fresh air in the forest. Palate matches the nose, long, complex and powerful yet delicate and quaffable. Outstanding wine.
Initially under the tutelage of Pierre-Jean Villa, Patrice Porte and Pierre Gaillard of Côte-Rôtie fame, Pilon began crafting a range of micro-négoce wines from local sources in 2010. Now Pilon is producing some of the most exciting Rhône wines with genuine flair and class, attracting enthusiastic attention from noteworthy critics. Julien Pilon's wines are limited in quantity, sought after and adored, and we are over the moon to share them with you.
On the Rhône again is a blend of Marsanne from two plots in the town of Mercurol. The vineyard is planted on gentle slopes facing south/south-east with clay-limestone soils mixed with rolled pebbles. After pressing, the musts are completely settled. Alcoholic fermentation at low temperature is slow and malolactic fermentation is completed in tank. The wines are aged on lees for 10 months in barrels with 15% new wood.