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Our tasting impressions
Young, fresh and spicy fruit. But it seems less overtly ripe and grape-y than the 2015 was at this stage. Concentrated and rich. While the tannins are less strident than the 2016, they also are more considerable. So, while delightful now, this will develop further. Like seemingly every wine from this estate, this strikes me as their best ever.
About this wine
Saint Joseph is gaining in popularity and respect as a result of a new generation of winemakers with incredible commitment to elevating the quality of the wines from this appellation.
100% Syrah from a 4-hectare site with granite soil, about 75% in the mid-slope and 25% at the top. The vines average 35 years and the yield is 37 hl/ha. The grapes are handpicked. The wine spends one year in oak barrels ranging from new to four years.
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
A vintage that required great diligence and expertise as Mother Nature threw all kinds of extreme weather (notably heat and drought) at the region. Successful estates, like Pichon thrived. Ripeness is more akin to 2015 than the cooler 2016.
On your table
Break out hearty, bigger dishes like stews and roasts with beef or lamb. Given the ripe fruit, the addition of mustard, olives and other acidic touches will provide welcome balance. A good dose of herbs is recommended as well.
The Pichon family is a growing force in the Northern Rhône region. Christophe and Isabelle continue to steer the 18 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. Last year, 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 bringing him to tour one of the best wineries on Long Island.
VDLT is the only North American source for current vintages of Pichon’s wines.