Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.
Our tasting impressions
Our initial public offering of this charming and interesting Viognier from PIchon. While there is no mistaking the grape that went into this lively white, it is clearly lighter than their other wines. It also is bouncier. The finish is long and pleasant. Try this alongside the Condrieu or Collines-Rhodaniennes and you will gain enhanced appreciation for terroir.
About this wine
Seyssueil is just north of Vienne across the river and north again of the Northern Rhône wine region. It had an illustrious wine history but never recovered from Phylloxera. Many prominent Northern Rhône producers bought vineyards there because they recognized the potential. Today, there are 18 growers of Syrah and Viognier on 40ha of vineyards. The area is petitioning for formal classification. The climate is windier and warmer than across the river generally producing Syrah that is somewhat rounder yet more delicate than say Côte Rôtie. The Viognier tends to fresher and more slender than those from Condrieu.
100% Viognier from a half ha plot planted in schiste. The grapes are manually harvested to yield of about 40hl/ha, and whole clusters are pneumatically pressed. Fermentation is spontaneously achieved without adding yeast (same for the malolactic) with pumping over and punching down twice a day. Aging is for 11 months in oak barrels that are 1-4 years old.
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
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.