2017 Aurelien & Charlotte Houillon 'Cote du Rhone'
Grape/s: Grenache Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
Does the name Houillon ring a bell? Aurélien worked with his brother and sister (Emmanuel and Adeline) at Maison Pierre Overnoy in the Jura for many years. Charlotte and Aurélien took over a farm tucked in a cool and humid valley down the Mont Ventoux (southern Rhône) and, after just a few years, already craft exceptional wines. This 2017 is their first vintage, a blend of mainly Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%) from low-yielding 30 year-old vines planted in La Roche Coucourde at the foot of Mont Ventoux where the vineyards are much cooler than other parts of the Côtes du Rhône. The technique follows the same methods as the more famous Overnoy - destemmed grapes go through a ten-week maceration before spending 8 months in barrel before being blended. The wine then briefly rests in tank before being bottled with nothing added at all. Assured, elegant CDR, with pretty aromatic elements and concentrated, dark fruit. - Wayward Wines