Christophe Pichon Côte Rôtie Promesse 2017

2017
Syrah
Christophe Pichon
$45.00

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

Before tasting Promesse from 2017, I thought 2012 and 2016 were the best vintages among those I've had the pleasure to try. This one achieved a depth of complexity that seems unmatched. It remains an outstanding value in Côte Rôtie. This should age even better than last year's. 

 

About this wine

Many Côte Rôtie producers would be proud to produce just this cuvée, but it is the entry-level offering from Pichon. 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier from vines in Rozier (2/3) and Le Plomb (1/3) up to 55 years old planted in schist yielding 40 hl/ha. The grapes are handpicked. The wine ages 13 months in oak - 75% new & 25% one-year-old barrels.

 

About the grape blend

Côte Rôtie is comprised largely of Syrah but the addition of up to 20% Viognier is permitted.  Syrah 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.  The Viognier adds finesse and balance. 

 

About the vintage

Every imaginable weather condition was experienced in the Northern Rhône in 2017. The winter was arid and mild so budbreak was early. Then a frigid spring and frost hindered flowering, followed by lots of rain in May. The summer was brutally hot and dry dropping acidity and speeding up ripening. Refreshing end of summer rain saved the crop and harvest occurred a fortnight earlier than 2016. The smallish grapes are concentrated but freshness can be an issue. Overall, fine quality.

 

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.