Olivier Pithon 2020 'Mon P'tit Pithon' Blanc, Côtes Catalans, France
This cuvée is the result of Olivier's partnership with half a dozen winemakers from neighboring villages who also practice organic agriculture or who are converting to organic. It is a wine to drink with friends, in the sun, while eating a pleasant meal. Fruit, roundness and pleasure. The simple pleasures of life like eating, drinking, and laughing best describe this P’tit Pithon.
- Winemaker: Olivier Pithon
- Farming: Organic and Biodynamic
- Terroir: Calce is a unique place located between the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees mountain range and the Corbieres mountain range. Situated at about 300 metres altitude, the vines are positioned on extremely an rich terroir. Marls, Schists and Limestone.
- Variety: Macabeo, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc
- Vinification: Natural fermentation in concrete and steel.
- Tasting Note: Palate is dense, with orange oil and candied citrus, lightly smoked scrub herbs, nutty, and dry, mineral finish.
From our 2022 Bottle Club Release:
Olivier Pithon | Mon P'tit Pithon White Blend | Côtes Catalans, France | 2020
Hidden in the hills of the Pyranees mountains in Rousillon in the south of France, Côtes Catalans in a sweeping vineyard region touching the border of Spain and the Mediterranean Coast. Olivier Pithon, a Loire native, moved to this rugged part of France in January 2001 to begin his life as a winegrower.
Growing up in the Loire, Olivier began as an apprentice on his brother Jo’s vineyards in Anjou at 14 years old. He knew at an early age he wanted a future in wine, so he did what any aspiring winemaker would do— he became a winery intern. Honing his new skills in Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and Jurançon, his passion grew deeper. His mentor, Bordeaux’s Stéphane Dereoncourt, taught him that wine was more than just agriculture; it was a way to express art, poetry, and pleasure with the senses.
In the village of Calce, nestled in the Pyrenees-Orientales, 40 minutes drive from both the sea and the Spanish border, Olivier purchased a 21-acre property with Carignan vines planted in 1940. Over the years, Olivier has extended his domaine to 60-acres of biodynamically farmed land which has never seen herbicides or pesticides, which he shares with his Jersey cow Laïs, a gorgeous mare, and, of course, a vineyard dog. The climate here is warm, so we see grapes planted here that can take the heat and sunshine, but the soils are so nutrient-deficient that the grapes have to work hard to find water and keep living, producing wines of moderate acid and deep concentration.
The Mon P’tit Pithon is a collaboration between Olivier and a handful of other small growers in the mountains who are dedicated to organic farming. It is a wine meant to be shared with friends, as these growers share with him the regional local white grapes: Macabeo, Grenache Gris, and Grenache Blanc.
Zesty, herbaceous, and dense, this is what we call a ‘winter white,’ a white wine you want to drink in cool temperatures because its luscious body will keep you warm. Notes of presereved orange peel, candied liime, and a hint nuttiness makes this a lovely bottle to pop on the porch with smoked sardines in olive oil, dolma, and chips with spreads like babaganoush, hummus, and labneh. Enjoy cold and with friends! — Cara Patricia
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