Julien Cecillon
Cornilhac
Marsanne 2017
Northern Rhône, France

$45.00

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Style: White: Elegant, restrained and poised.

Producer: Julien Cecillon

Region: Northern Rhône, France

Grape: Marsanne 100%

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Granite

Farming: Organic

Oak: Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: Marsanne (Mar-SAHN) is a traditional grape from the Vallée du Rhône in France. Here it has its greatest call to fame when used in the white wines from the Hill of Hermitage to make Hermitage Blanc. In this instance it’s often blended with its partner in crime Roussanne. The grape can loosely be compared to Chardonnay and I would certainly recommend this wine to Chardonnay drinkers without hesitation. It’s a fuller style of wine, with texture.

While Marsanne has reared its head all over the world, it never really seems to reach the heights that it does in this valley. Here it shows its full colours and this wine is a prime example. Stone fruits of peach and nectarine present just ahead of a lovely back drop of savoury characters. Marzipan, almond, sea spray, chalk and spice. The palate has a whip of acidity that keeps it so fresh and clean. There is a lovely textured element too, partly a varietal character, but also a clever use of neutral cask and fine lees contact that build layers. It’s important that the wine isn’t served too cold as this will mask some of the more subtle elements and dramatically change the texture, that I think are so important.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Julien Cecillon

Cave Julien Cecillon was founded in 2011 by Julien and his now wife Nancy Kerschen. Julien grew up in Tournon-sur-Rhône a small village opposite the famous hill of Hermitage. He was surrounded in his youth by great wine and iconic producers such as his cousin Bernard Faurie, and uncle Jean-Louis Grippat. It was at a very young age that he caught the wine bug and who can blame him. As soon as possible Julien took the opportunity to roam the globe, learning everything he could. This saw him in such cellars as Yves Cuilleron, Christophe Curtat, Fabrice Gripa, JC Cellars, Clos du Val, Saintsbury, Indevin and Saronsberg. It was during these years working in American that he met Nancy.

Description

Review

Style: White: Elegant, restrained and poised.

Producer: Julien Cecillon

Region: Northern Rhône, France

Grape: Marsanne 100%

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Granite

Farming: Organic

Oak: Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: Marsanne (Mar-SAHN) is a traditional grape from the Vallée du Rhône in France. Here it has its greatest call to fame when used in the white wines from the Hill of Hermitage to make Hermitage Blanc. In this instance it’s often blended with its partner in crime Roussanne. The grape can loosely be compared to Chardonnay and I would certainly recommend this wine to Chardonnay drinkers without hesitation. It’s a fuller style of wine, with texture.

While Marsanne has reared its head all over the world, it never really seems to reach the heights that it does in this valley. Here it shows its full colours and this wine is a prime example. Stone fruits of peach and nectarine present just ahead of a lovely back drop of savoury characters. Marzipan, almond, sea spray, chalk and spice. The palate has a whip of acidity that keeps it so fresh and clean. There is a lovely textured element too, partly a varietal character, but also a clever use of neutral cask and fine lees contact that build layers. It’s important that the wine isn’t served too cold as this will mask some of the more subtle elements and dramatically change the texture, that I think are so important.

Sebastian Crowther MS