Julien Cecillon - Cornas 'Saint Pierre' 2017
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Is Hong Kong ready for a Cornas from Julien and Nancy Cecillon? And not just any Cornas, but one from Saint Pierre, one of the highest vineyards in the appellation at 400-meters above sea level. It's one of the most cold sites that ends up being harvested 2 to 3 weeks after the other vineyards in Cornas.
Cornas—a steep, windswept appellation known for its muscular Syrah, is elegant as always in the hands of Julien and Nancy. all rugged minerality, black pepper, licorice, and black fruit.
Blend: 100% Syrah
Terroir: Schist-Gneiss on Granite
Drinking Window: 2020-2035
Nancy and Julien's winery was only created in 2011 but already they've won fans and critics over with their passion, uncanny know-how, and also of course excellent viticulture. It's run organically and sustainably, with minimum SO2 at bottling, wild yeasts, and generally old oak.
They have some excellent vineyards in the appellations of Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, and the two have extensive experience working in wineries such as Yves Cuilleron, Fabrice Gripa, Christophe Curtat, JC Cellars, Clos du Val, Saintsbury, Indevin and Saronsberg.
Julien, who is a local of Tournon-sur-Rhône and nephew of Jean Louis Grippat, met Nancy in the US, and after a few years of working and travelling with wine, they decided to return home to create Cave Julien Cécillon. We couldn't be happier to represent their wines here in Hong Kong exclusively.