Julien Pilon

Solid in frame and mind-set, Julien Pilon has quickly become a good chum, the sort of winemaker you want to work closely with and help achieve success. A native of Chavanay (next village to Condrieu), Pilon is not from a winemaking family. After wine college, he travelled widely, producing wine in both the Roussillon and Spain, as well as working for local champions Cuilleron, Gaillard and Pierre-Jean Villa. “My wife and I decided to return to Chavanay. I’ve always had a special attraction for whites of the region and so decided on a different approach from others. I strive to produce Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier with flesh but with maximum freshness too. I want to make balanced and precise whites.”

So, these past five years, Julien has been crafting a range of micro-négoce offerings, from local sources. He is producing some of the most exciting Rhône whites - wines of genuine flair and class – and attracting much attention … as the Wine Spectator says …“definitely a domaine to watch. The wines are very much in the image of the vigneron too – understated, stylish and relying more on nuance than overt power.” His 2014s are everything you’d expect from such a stellar white vintage.