Domaine Pierre Jean Villa

Pierre-Jean Villa made his name in the early 2000s when he teamed up with Condrieu guru, Yves Cuilleron, to run the innovative Vins de Vienne operation. Previously he had been working at Clos de Tart in Morey-St-Denis in Burgundy, which perhaps explains his love of fine tannins and elegant wines. In 2009, Pierre-Jean went solo, buying vineyards in the heart of the northern Rhône and creating a domaine in his own name. Based in Chavanay, he has various plots planted close by, on soils that allow his love of minerality and finesse to shine through. St Joseph is a huge appellation of varying styles and PJ’s ‘Preface’ is as far away from the four-square examples as you can imagine. Planted on light soil of schist and gneiss on a granite base, the two hectares produce fine juice that is aged in 600 litre barrels (no new oak here) and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. L’Esprit d’Antan is a wine steeped in history, despite being from a plot of young vines. They are planted on the left bank of the Rhône on schist in the area of Seyssuel. The Côte Rôtie ‘Carmina’ is from a small plot of half a hectare of 45 year old vines. Aged in 600 litre barrels (no new oak) and bottled unfined and unfiltered this is a Côte Rôtie of exceptional finesse. His Primavera Viognier is from a plot of 25 year old vines planted at 350 metres altitude close to his Saint-Joseph vines on steep slopes of schist and sand on a granite base. Quantities of most of the wines, save for the Saint Joseph, are very limited sadly. This is one of the most exciting domaines in the northern Rhône and offers utterly classic but dynamic examples of its wines.

Winemaker: Pierre-Jean Villa

Hectares: 12 hectares

Saint-Joseph Blanc « Saut de l`Ange » 0.6 hectares
Saint-Joseph Rouge « Préface »
Saint-Joseph Rouge « Tildé » 1 hectare- 2.5 hectacres
Côte-Rôtie « Carmina » 1.5 hectares
IGP Collines Rhodaniennes « Esprit d`Antan »
IGP Blanc « Primavera »
Condrieu « Jardin Suspendu »
Crozes-Hermitage « Accroche Cœur »



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