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Our tasting impressions
Symphonie is finally ready for its VDLT opening night. It is bright and lovely. The Grenache is more ready to play and more fully display. But it is the seeming reticence of the Syrah that suggests to me that this Côtes du Rhône has some higher aspirations. I expect that in 3-6 months, it will be a harmoniously impressive Symphonie - a wine capable of singing a serious lead tenor role or being a voice in the chorus at your next patio grilling event.
About this wine
Corentin started making this in 2017. That first vintage was very good even though he had never before worked with Grenache. Blended with Syrah from vines averaging about 50 years of age planted in red clay. The vineyard is in Courthézon, just south of the famed Chateau Beaucastel and measures about .75ha.
The grapes are manually harvested to yield of about 35hl/ha, de-stemmed and pneumatically pressed. Fermentation is 25 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats with pumping over and punching down twice a day. Aging is for one year in oak barrels that are 3-4 years old.
About the grape blend
Grenache the preeminent red wine grape of the Southern Rhône, makes full-bodied, red-fruited wine. It enjoys very dry, hot and windy conditions but the vines produce scant fruit which means great concentration. Syrah, its counterpart in the Northern Rhône provides structure, savoriness and black fruit.
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 Liberté
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.