Julien Pilon - de l'Autre Rive, Syrah, VDF (2019)
Tart black raspberry and blackberry, blueberries and cream, black currant tea, fresh earth and black salt. Cedar and forest floor with a touch of sweet baking spice. Complex without being too serious. A quaffable Syrah.
Pilon's tutelage with Pierre-Jean Villa, Patrice Porte and Pierre Gaillard of Côte-Rôtie fame set him up to produce some of the most exciting Rhône wines of genuine flair and class, attracting enthusiastic attention from noteworthy critics.
From an old vineyard located on the left bank of the Rhône, opposite the town of Condrieu. Vine planted on clay soils, well-founded, with rolled pebbles. The grapes are entirely destemmed and vinified in open stainless steel vats. The vatting lasts 3 weeks with short but frequent pumping over. No crushing. Malolactic fermentation takes place in second-hand barrels and aged for 10 months.