Aurlien & Charlotte Houillon, Cuvee Speciale, 2017
Autumnal Fruit, Peppery, Savoury
Aurelien & Charlotte Houillon
Cotes de Rhone AOC, Rhone
The name Houillon might ring a bell. Aurelien is none other than the brother of Emmanuel and Adeline Houillon. The trio learnt and worked alongside Pierre Overnoy in Arbois (from 2007 to 2013 concerning Aurelien) while progressively buying him out. The siblings eventually parted ways. Aurelienas well as Adeline (now of Bruyere-Houillon fame) sold their share to Emmanuel and went on different journeys. Charlotte and Aurelien took over 9ha of land including fruit and olive trees, woods and 4.5ha of semi-abandoned vines (3ha grenache, 1.3ha syrah and cinsault) averaging 40-50yo. Applying biodynamic principles from the get-go, they have been focused on restoring the vines and terraces the only help they have are from their trusty horse and donkey.
The first vintage at the domaine was 2017, only a few months after the family settled down, and Aurelien decided to vinify and blend the different grapes together. From 2018 he bottled wines from single varietals to allow for deeper understanding of his terroir, the start of a learning curve. We will be keeping a very keen eye on all future vintages as they could well be stars in the making.