La Combe Pilate (pronounced “La kohm pē-lot”) is 100% organic Viognier from a hillside vineyard on Michel Chapoutier’s property where Michel pushes the boundaries on the biodynamic concept with his experimental range called “The Alchemy Wines.”
The symbol on La Combe Pilate’s label is the alchemic symbol for spirit and is linked to Chapoutier’s biodynamic philosophy – to respect and transform the raw material into a high quality product while showcasing the spirit of the land. The Collines Rhodaniennes IGP is characterized by the hills and valleys that surround the Rhone River. With the Massif Central lying to the west and the embryonic foothills of the Alps to the east, the Rhone River carves its way through south-eastern France to the Mediterranean Sea.
APPEARANCE: Pale gold hue.
NOSE: Grapefruit and slightly toasted almonds with hints of bergamont and linden trees.
PALATE: Broad on entry and generous on the mid palate. The citrus notes compliment hints of linden and soft spice. This all gives way to a long-lingering and savoury finish.
APPELLATION IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes
VARIETAL 100% Viognier
TERROIR Clay, quartz, pebbles, limestone gravel
VINIFICATION Hand harvesting at maturity. Direct pressing of whole bunches. Selection of the best juices coming off the press with light settling. Fermentation in demi-muids.
Aging: Aging on the gross lees in demi-muids (large 600L barrels) for 10-11 months.
Sommelier Suggested Pairings: Sautéed prawn brochettes with spices, trout tartare with crispy vegetables (radishes, carrots, cucumbers) and tapas of sautéed squid with green olive tapenade.
Serving Temperature: 10-12°C (50-51.8°F)