Julien Cécillon Gamay "La Savane" 2017

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Tasting Notes

For Gamay this wine is a rich expression, rounded and ripe for its cooler region, with cherry jam and ripe red currants on both the nose and palate, and balanced by gentle notes of black pepper, spice, mineral and stone. The wine has just the right amount of acidity to keep it lifted and fresh.


The Northern Rhone occupies a small footprint within the Rhone Valley wine region in France, producing just 5% of the regions wines. The I.G.P. Collines Rhodaniennes designation covers much of the viticultural area of the Northern Rhône. With less stringent rules than the other northern Rhone appellations, this I.G.P. designation covers experimental wines that don't meet appellation criteria, such as those produced with unauthorized grape varieties.


Cave Julien Cécillon was founded in 2011 and is the beloved project of winemakers Julien Cécillon, whose family traces 14 generations of winegrowing, and Texan 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.


La Savane comes from a 2 hectare parcel in Ardoix, a rugged landscape deep into the hills of the Ardèche where the continental climate withstands the infamous le mistral winds. The soil here is comprised primarily of decomposed granite and sand and the vineyard benefits from a warming, southern exposure.


The grapes were fermented using native yeasts and spent 3 weeks on the skins. In 2017 1,450 bottles were produced, or just over 120 cases.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Ham, Mushrooms, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Vegetables

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$19.00 each
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