Cecillon, Julien

Rhône Valley

After a career in business, in 2008, Cécillon began travelling the world to experience different ways of making wine. During a trip to California he met Nancy Kerschen, then a sommelier, who is now his wife and winemaking partner. Together, they founded their new project in 2011. Working old vineyards dotted around Saint Joseph (Tournon, St Jean de Muzols), Crozes, St Peray and (for the rst time in 2017) Cornas, their sensitive approach to extraction gives the Cecillon wines a real hallmark depth and nesse. This is particularly evident with both Crozes, a sometimes rough- shod AOC; the dense, fragrant, tight-framed ’16 Pierre Aiguille is a glorious example. And the new Cornas St Pierre has classical purity, with fresh, vivid avours subsiding into a ripe-tannined, silky nish so typical of the vintage. We love the style emanating from the Cecillon cellar (both colours) and this will be a hugely exciting project to follow.

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