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Our tasting impressions
The nose on this Allégorie is fabulous. Tasting it reveals a very, very young Cornas. Right now, it is surprisingly light-bodied. But the magnificent, saturated fruit flavors and mannerly tannins that bite down on the finish, indicate that will certainly bulk up like Popeye post-spinach. The dichotomy of Cornas' feral tendencies and Pichon's elegant style play-out in this fascinating thriller.
About this wine
100% Syrah from a 1ha, 70-year old southeast facing vineyard in granite soil (cooled magma, mostly quartz). The vines sit a 400m in a crater carved out of the slope by the mistral. The handpicked grapes with yields of 40 hl/ha are de-stemmed and pneumatically pressed. Fermentation is naturally occurring over 28 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats with pumping over and punching down twice a day. Aging is for 14 months in oak barrels that are 3 years old.
About the grape
Syrah is the sixth most planted grape worldwide. It thrives on steep slopes because of the dry climate and soil that enable deep root penetration. The grapes are small and dark-skinned high in acid and tannins.
About the vintage
2019 was yet another hot and dry growing season, albeit not excessively so. Rain in late August and early September was just what the winemaker ordered. Most of the region experienced good quantities of very healthy and ripe grapes. Corentin considers it a great vintage for whites and reds alike. He says the wines are more structured than 2018 and better for cellaring.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl 1855
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.