CAVE Julien Cécillon

Julien Cécillon and Nancy Kerschen

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Cave Julien Cécillon was founded in 2011 and is the beloved project of winemakers Julien Cécillon and Nancy Kerschen. With vineyards in the appellations of Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage in France’s Northern Rhone Valley, the estate is dedicated to producing elegant, terroir-driven wines.

American Nancy Kerschen, and Julien Cécillon, a native of Tournon- sur-Rhône and nephew of Jean Louis Grippat, met through an enduring fascination with both wine and international travel. In 2011, having combined experiences working for various international wineries (Yves Cuilleron, Christophe Curtat, Fabrice Gripa, JC Cellars, Clos du Val, Saintsbury, Indevin and Saronsberg) the two decided to embark on their own winemaking endeavour.  Cave Julien Cécillon is the product of that union.

Respecting the unique environment of each appellation, the estate applies sustainable grape-growing techniques in the vineyard to achieve the best expression of terroir in every bottle. Based on their collective experiences, they blend modern techniques with old world traditions and growing methods to achieve well-structured, graceful, food-friendly wines.  

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Saint-Peray Gemini

Varietals: 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussane                                          Color: White

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Saint-Joseph Rouge Babylone

Varietal: 100% Syrah                                                                                  Color: Red

From 25-year old vines in Saint Jean de Muzols and 115-year old vines in Tournon. 25% whole bunch, 75% destemmed maceration and crushing in open tanks (wood and stainless.) Regular punchdowns and pumpovers, followed by 17 months aging in 5-6 year old barrels.  Intense red with garnet and purple hues. Well- integrated aromas of cherry, violet, pepper, thyme, and cocoa. Soft tannins and nice complexity with a long finish. Production: 1,500 Bottles/year.

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Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Les Marguerites

Varietal: 100% Syrah                                                                              Color: Red

From 80-year-old vines.  Maceration and crushing in open tanks (stainless steel and fiberglass) for 28 to 34 days, wild yeast fermentation, regular punchdowns and pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation in 5 year old barrels with only natural yeasts.  Barrel aging : 13 months.  Blended after barrel ageing. Production : 3200 bottles

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IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Gamay La Savane

Varietal: 100% Gamay                                                                           Color: Red

Decomposed Granite and Sand, southern exposure. Gamay La Savane comes from a 2 hectare parcel in Ardoix, a rugged landscape deep into the hills of the Ardèche, that Cécillon acquired in 2016. Vinified in the same style as their IGP Syrah, La Savane is a richly textured Rhône-style Gamay. Elevage: 50% Cuve Inox, 50% 5-7 year old 300 and 400L barrels. Production : 5,000 bottles.

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IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah Bel Horizon

Varietal: 100% Syrah                                                                           Color: Red

Vines on granite. Bel Horizon comes from several scattered parcels of Syrah bordering on St Joseph and Crozes Hermitage appellations. Most of the blend comes from vines that are over 80 years old and had been previously classified as AOC. Elevage:  90% in used barrels 4 - 5 years, 10 months elevage. Production : 3,800 bottles.

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IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier Invictus

Varietal: 100% Viognier                                                                     Color: White

Parcels les Turcs (decomposed granite) le Gât (sable du Rhône (sand)). Viognier Invictus comes from a 2 hectare parcel in Ardoix, a rugged landscape deep into the hills of the Ardèche, that Cécillon acquired in 2016. Production: 3,500 bottles.

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Vin de France Syrah Les Graviers

Varietal: 100% Syrah                                                                         Color: Red

100% destemmed. Les Graviers is a negociant blend of Syrah from three sources in the Rhone Valley. The majority comes from the southern parts of the Drôme and Ardèche regions, and a smaller amount from vineyards around Tournon. Les Graviers means “Gravel”, a reference to the humble, though essential stone used everyday. 10 Months elevage, 90% in used barrels 4-5 years.

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