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Like nothing you've ever had
Houillon Cotes Du Rhone AOC 2017
Like nothing you've ever had

Houillon Cotes Du Rhone AOC 2017


Arboris Domaine Houillon.
70% Grenache 30% Syrah
Plum, Jasmine, Lavender, Ethereal

Charlotte and Aurélien Houillon… their name may ring a bell! Aurélien is none other than the brother of Emmanuel Houillon, and like him was initiated in to the secrets of the vine and natural wine by Pierre Overnoy, and took part in the adventure of his famous Pupillin estate. The savoir-faire instilled in him would then be put in to practice elsewhere and upon.

It’s likely important to acknowledge that these 2 are far more than their namesake. Their wines are super expressive and clean. When we talk great wines, or great coffee what we look beyond their past. This wine is legendary and ethereal. A really large body of heavy red fruits like raspberries and blackberries coupled with a lighter minerality and florals like lavender. It’s truly unique and only comparable to Gesha Village A similar mix of heavy fruit and floral. An Amazing Coffee and Wine Pairing.

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Saying more about this production family would be an understatement. It would be like trying to explain who the Beatles or Metallica is. They are so formative to the fabric of excellent patient Natural Wine, that they barely need an introduction. At the risk of being condescending, I’ll try.

The Houillon/Overnoy Dynasty starts in Jura, an 80km region on the border with Switzerland. Much like Philippe of La Palma El Tucan, Pierre Overnoy was looking for a way to make his wine better. Whether it was embracing multi or monocropping depending on varietals, or the actual role of Sulphur, Pierre was driven to make the best wine around. While farming, picking and some final additions might all play into the ultimate role of how a wine turns out, almost nothing substitutes patience. Constantly testing and tasting, and finding the ideal point that a wine is ready to be released is a matter of patience. The only main point that can truly tell when a wine is ready. This is why their wine vintages are released so sporadically.

Charlotte and Aurélien Houillon took these techniques on board with small plantings in the Rhone Valley and it shows. While some of the Oxidative Jura Qualities are there, however it still presents as a more perfume based old world red. More restrained than Natural wines in the new World, it shows a mastery of technique that you don’t see often in wine.

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Weight 1300 g


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