2016 Pichat Cote Rotie Champon's

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2016 Pichat Cote Rotie Champon's

92 points Jeb Dunnuck
Outer quote mark The 2016 Côte Rôtie Champon's is a beautiful effort that’s all from schist soils and spent two years in 400-liter barrels. Sporting a deeper purple/ruby-colored, notes of black fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed violets, medium to full body, sweet tannins, and tons of upfront charm, it's a high-quality 2016 that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-12 years. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Outer quote mark A blend of several parcels on schistous soils, the 2016 Cote Rotie Champon's is firm and tannic, in need of 3-4 years in the cellar. It's medium to full-bodied, with ample concentration, bold flavors of grilled plums and a chewy finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous
Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of fresh dark berries, potpourri and spicecake reveal a bright mineral overtone and a hint of olive paste. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a deeper suggestion of candied licorice. Closes with excellent clarity and minerally thrust, leaving behind a suave floral note on the very long, gently tannic finish. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Domaine Pichat has 5 Hectares of vineyards in several sectors such as Champon, Cognet, Lead, Fongeant, Gerine, Grandes Places or La Caille for Condrieu. The work is different on each plot. We adapt to the type of soil and the relief of each of them. The only goal is to produce the healthiest and most mature grapes possible. All our work in the vineyards and treatments are reasoned, we do not use pesticides or insecticides and the vast majority of our phytosanitary products are certified organic farming.

Cote Rotie. The cultivation of vines here began with Greek settlers who arrived in 600 BC. Its proximity to Vienne was important then and also when that city became a Roman settlement but its situation, far from the negociants of Tain, led to its decline in more modern history. However the 1990s brought with it a revival fueled by one producer, Marcel Guigal, who believed in the zone’s potential. He, along with the critic, Robert Parker, are said to be responsible for the zone’s later 20th century renaissance.

Where the Rhone River turns, there is a build up of schist rock and a remarkable angle that produces slopes to maximize the rays of the sun. Cote Rotie remains one of the steepest in viticultural France. Its varied slopes have two designations. Some are dedicated as Côte Blonde and others as Côte Brune. Syrahs coming from Côte Blonde are lighter, more floral, and ready for earlier consumption—they can also include up to 20% of the highly scented Viognier. Those from Côte Brune are more sturdy, age-worthy and are typically nearly 100% Syrah. Either way, a Cote Rotie is going to have a particularly haunting and savory perfume, expressing a more feminine side of the northern Rhone.