Christophe Pichon Côte Rôtie La Comtesse en Côte Blonde 2018

2018
Syrah
Christophe Pichon

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$108.00

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Our tasting impressions

This is certainly one of the most flattering, young Comtesse I have tasted from Pichon. The aromatics are unmistakably Côte Rôtie - bacon, pepper, tobacco, etc. On the palate, it is amazing that a wine so much intensity and punch can seem almost ethereally weightless. I marvel at the depth of flavor and how incredibly expressive it is at this early stage (evident in the smoky wood that needs time to integrate). A Syrah of immense gravitas that should be included in any serious wine cellar.

 

About this wine

There are 2 hills in Côte Rôtie - Côte Brune to the north and Côte Blond to the south. The names are derived from the color of the soil Brune (darker) and Blond (lighter). This also informs their style. Brune tends to be firmer and heartier while Blond wines are softer and more elegant. Select wines that bear these names on their label tend to be among the finest of Côte Rôtie.

 

100% Syrah from vines planted in 1933 in schist on a south-facing slope. The juice from handpicked grapes with yields of 35 hl/ha is aged 18 months in new oak.  They own less than a hectare of the 12 in Côte Blonde and produce just 2300 bottles.

 

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

Prior to tasting, we were concerned about 2018. All the reports of very high summer temperatures, led us to expect new world-like ripeness and roasted flavors. But excellent early and late season conditions resulted in grapes with excellent balance. Top growers avoided low acidity issues. Overall, the Syrah wines are higher in alcohol without necessarily showing it. They are the perfect combination of the lavishness of 2017 and the brightness of 2016.

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl 1855

 

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.