Christophe Pichon Condrieu Caresse 2018

2018
Viognier
Christophe Pichon
$74.00

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

 Our tasting impressions

If ever there was a vintage well-suited to Caresse, it is 2018. It offered enough weight, density and power to fabulously showcase this special cuvée Condrieu. It could use some more time to integrate the spicy oak notes. Yet the deep, long, exotic flavors already are strutting their stuff.  Corentin’s skill and confidence as a winemaker are growing. Viognier is best enjoyed young but I intend to cellar a few for several years. Magnifique!

 

About this wine

100% Viognier from a single, exceptional plot of vines averaging 45 years on south-facing granite slopes. Yields are 35 hl/ha. Half is aged in new oak barrels and half in one-year old oak barrels.

 

About the grape

Viognier is a relatively low acid, higher alcohol grape that can provide a full wine with delicate flavors. Usually very floral and often displaying tropical fruit flavors. The wines generally are intended for early consumption when the fruit is freshest, but the Pichons treated us to a tasting of several older vintages of their Condrieu and two out of three were interesting and enjoyable despite the vines being very young when they were produced.  Just be prepared for a very different experience featuring musk and oxidative notes.


About the vintage

2018 was an outstanding vintage for white Rhônes, both in terms of quality and quantity. Summer temperatures were extremely high so, careful vineyard and cellar management were essential to produce wines with good acidity. For those, like Pichon, the Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane grapes had excellent concentration and ample freshness.

 

 Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté

 

Christophe Pichon

The Pichon family is a growing force in the Northern Rhône region. Christophe and Isabelle continue to steer the 23 hectare Domaine, but their sons, the third generation - Corentin, the principal winemaker and Alexis, who focuses on sales and marketing - are making their mark.


Based in Chavanay, the Pichons produce wines of elegance and finesse in a variety of appellations. Chemical treatment of the mostly Syrah and Viognier vineyards is kept to a bare minimum.

 

The joy of this family of eight is evident in their wines. VDLT has been visiting the Pichons for many years and is proud to include them as a foundation of the portfolio.  A few years ago, Alexis visited New York for the first time for a VDLT tasting event. We enjoyed introducing him to some of NYC’s finest, as well as taking him on a tour of Long Island wineries.

 

VDLT is the only North American source for current vintages of Pichon’s wines.