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Julien Pilon La Porchette Côte-Rôtie 2013

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"This has definitely become a domaine to watch....understated, stylish and relying more on nuance than overt power” Wine Spectator.

When Côte-Rôtie is at its best, it is one of the world's great Syrah wines - powerful, rich and perfumed.

But very little is made and what is made gets snapped up by collectors worldwide, driving the prices ever higher.  The trick here is to find a winemaker on the up and get in before the rest of the world cottons on.

Julien Pilon is exactly that producer. Already making a name for himself, he is one of the new wave of vignerons in the Rhône, dedicated to making superb quality wines from some of the world's great terroir.

Julien’s original intention was to produce whites only – his discipline lasted precisely two vintages!

Success breeds opportunities. The offer of stylish old-vine Côte-Rôtie fruit from the Bassenon and Rozier vineyards was far too exciting to ignore and the result is a svelte and deep Côte-Rôtie of devastating purity...a complete triumph!

About the wine

A full, dark red colour in the glass, the nose delivers some classic Côte-Rôtie smokiness, ripe black fruits and floral notes that mingle with a black olive tapenade background. It’s immediately engaging and immensely enjoyable. The palate brings cooked plums with spices and more smoky notes. It is a seamless, full-bodied wine framed with some super elegant tannins. A very long spicy, savoury finish leaves you wanting more and the concentration shows of even more to come with some age. Delicious to drink now, give it a good couple of hours in a decanter first.

All grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and lasts 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrel. Ageing for 18 months in barrel (30% new).

Winemaker: Julien Pilon
Appellation: Côte-Rôtie AOC, France


- 92pts, Wine Spectator
- 92pts, Vinous
- 4.2/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: Bassenon and Rozier
Drink: 2018-2028

About the winery

Julien Pilon cut his winemaking teeth working at wineries such as Jean Pierre Villa, Mas Amiel, Gaillard and Cuilleron.

Native to the Rhône he was determined to make wine there but not coming from a winemaking family he has had to work hard to secure vineyards in desirable sites.

His first vintage came in 2010 and he has rapidly acquired devoted fans who have fallen for his stylish, precise and balanced wines. He’s definitely a “winemaker to watch” with local estates acknowledging his talent. 



92 points - Wine Spectator 
Alluring, with a gorgeous medley of black tea, singed mesquite and warm olive aromas leading the way, backed by dark cherry and plum fruit that stretches out through the long finish. Shows a strong iron underpinning throughout."


92 points - Vinous 
"Bright purple. Heady mineral- and spice-accented aromas of red and dark berries and smoked meat, with a suave floral accent adding complexity. At once juicy and expansive on the palate, offering energetic black raspberry and violet pastille flavors and repeating smokiness. Finishes on a zesty mineral note, with very good clarity and even tannins."


"Deep burgundy color, wonderfully structured, you can sense the harmony coming together, smells of blackberry, blueberry, purple flower, mocha, and clove, full body, firm tannin, tastes of black tea, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and white pepper, long smooth finish, velvety and delicate.4.5/5 Stars

"Fabulous. Ive been looking for a full bodied, but not bone dry red French wine, similar to Italy’s Amarone - and this is it. Lots of body, a little bit of sweetness to support all the fruit - what a wine!"  4/5 Stars



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"A domaine to watch" Sensational Côte-Rôtie from new wave producer
One of the world's great Syrah wines - Côte-Rôtie from an 'under the radar' winemaker
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