Julien Cecillon Syrah "Graviers" 2019

While the Cecillon label only recently began, Julien's family has been documented making wine in Tournon for eleven generations. From their winery near Tournon in the historic center of the Rhone Valley, they are dedicated to producing exceptional terroir-driven wines. Julien Cecillon grew up in Tournon-sur-Rhone, surrounded by the maternal branch of the family that includes iconic producers such as his cousin Bernard Faurie, and uncle Jean-Louis Grippat. After meeting Nancy Kerschen while working at a winery in California, the two decided to return to Tournon and create their own winery. Acquiring small parcels by chance, opportunity, and perseverance, Julien and Nancy have worked together with tireless focus to craft wines that establish their own reputation amongst the best producers in the Northern Rhone. Though they are running the winery on their own, the couple certainly benefit from the guidance of Julien's winemaking heritage. Jean-Louis Grippat, now retired, can be called on for advice, and loves to ride his bicycle past his nephew's vines to verify that all the vineyard work is timely and proper. Julien and Nancy farm estate parcels in the appellations of Saint Joseph, Crozes Hermitage, as well as two hectares of Viognier and Gamay further into the Ardeche hills near the village of Ardoix, which are classified as Vin de France. To broaden the range of quantity of wines, they also work with local growers to produce several micro-negociant cuvees. All of the wines at the domaine are produced with native yeasts, and aged primarily in used barrels to create harmonious, balanced wines that highlight the unique terroirs of the Northern Rhone.