Julien Pilon Cornas L'Elegance Du Caillou 2017

Julien Pilon Cornas L'Elegance Du Caillou


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The name of this cuvee tells it all: ‘An elegant wine made from stones’. Like all syrah from cornas it is austere and mineral but it also displays a complex elegance.

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About this Wine

Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation Cornas
Winery Domaine Julien Pilon
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Grapes Syrah
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Product Code 17R902
MLF yes
Inventory Very Low Stock (10)

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Dark robe; the nose bears blackberry fruits, notes of smokiness/bacon and some complex spiciness. It is medium to full-bodied, ripe, with tons of fruit and a silky texture. The tannins are well rounded.


Steak with a black pepper sauce, beef or lamb stew, venison and hard type cheese.



Granitic sand


Organic farming. Hand harvest.


All grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and lasts 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation takes place in 500l oak demi-muids. Ageing for 18 months in demi-muids (35% new).


Winery Description

Native of the Rhône Valley, Julien Pilon spent more than 10 years working in Spain and Roussillon, learning winemaking in famous wineries such as Mas Amiel (Roussillon), Terra Remonta (Spain) and Jean Pierre Villa (Rhone). Julien Pilon described himself as a landless winemaker when he started on his own in 2010.

“I will always remember my first vintage. I didn’t have any warehouse to make my wine, so I created one in the middle of the garage of my parents.”

In the vinyard
He began as a negociant and selecting very carefully the grapes to vinify. He started with 1.5 hectars and now the domain is a modest 5 hectares of vines, some owned, some rented, while the majority of the production is still sourced from purchased grapes.
The harvest is manual and he start his conversion to organic agriculture.

80 percent of Julien’s production is white. He strives to produce white wines with flesh but with maximum freshness too. He wants to make balanced and precise whites. He is producing some of the most exciting Rhône whites - wines of genuine flair and class. The wines are very much in the image of the vigneron too – understated, stylish and relying more on nuance than overt power.”

In just a few vintages, his whites are among the best in the region. We recommend you start tracking them down now, before word really gets out.

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