Stéphane is a very talented winemaker who started producing wine in 2000. We are extremely fortunate in securing supplies of two of his wonderful cuvées: Champon’s and Les Grandes Places.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
From 2010: made from 70% 1928/1940s Serine (Syrah clone) (0.35 ha) and 30% 1998 Syrah (0.15 ha) on Les Grandes Places (northern sector)
Since 2013: 35-100% whole bunch fermentation, first juice cooled 12 hours at 8-9°C, wild yeasts, then 3-4 week vinification.
Pumping overs, cap punching, 2007, 2009 some part vat emptying/refilling, aged 100% new 400-litre & 600-litre oak casks 24 months to 30 months (until 2010 aged 36 months, with 228-litre, 300-litre & 400-litre oak casks used), just one racking, unfined, unfiltered.
Like the Champons, Pichat’s 2017 Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places marries super ripe blackberry notes with firm, drying tannins. The medium to full-bodied Les Grandes Places does seem to have a bit more fruity intensity, so put it aside for 6-8 years and enjoy it over the following decade. 94 Points, Joe Czerwinski, October 2018
The 2017 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places is also solid, offering a deep purple/black color and classic masculine notes of black fruits, crushed violets, charred meats, and liquid rock-like minerality. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it’s another age-worthy 2017 that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. 94 Points, December 2019
The perfect partner to meat dishes. Beef casseroles, hearty stews, Moroccan lamb barbecues and rich sausage casseroles such as a cassoulet.