Bacon fat and plums, black pepper and violets—this is the sort of red that makes syrah lovers swoon. The Pichons blend it from an array of parcels, including ten percent viognier in the mix, and age it for a little over a year in oak barrels, 75 percent new. The wood is barely noticeable; what comes across is a sense of freshness, from the juiciness of the fruit to the breeziness of the acidity, which keeps the wine feeling light and open even while the flavors reach deep into the earth. Approachable now, this has the structure to age.
DB Wine Selection, Framingham, MA
Christophe Pichon Père et Fils 2018 Côte-Rôtie Promesse
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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.
This story appears in the print issue of February 2021.
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