Christophe and Isabelle Pichon, with the help of two of their six children, farm 16 hectares of vines in Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph having taken over from Christophe’s father Phillipe in 2003.
The Condrieu vineyards make up 3.5 hectares of the total, in the commune of Chavanay in the south of the appellation, and the wines Christophe has made here from densely planted viognier vines averaging 45 years of age, growing on the famous granite terraces have been recognised as among the best.
All the fruit is hand-picked. He uses only ambient yeasts and ages 75% in stainless steel for freshness and the remainder in oak barriques ranging from 1 to 5 years of age. The result is sensuous wines of richness and complexity but with a lovely poise and harmony too.
He also occasionally produces a late-harvest version. The 3.9 hectares of family holdings in Côte-Rotie include vines in the renowned Côte Blonde and Côte Brune vineyards, and they also farm 3.5 hectares of red Saint Joseph, 1.5 hectares of white Saint Joseph, , 0.5 hectares of Cornas, 1 hectare of white Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes and 0.5 hectares of red Vin de Pays in Seyssuel.