Cave Julien Cécillon was founded in 2011 and is the beloved project of winemakers Julien Cécillon and 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.
American Nancy Kerschen, and Julien Cécillon, a native of Tournon-sur-Rhône and nephew of Jean Louis Grippat, met through an enduring fascination with both wine and international travel. In 2011, having combined experiences working for various international wineries (Yves Cuilleron, Christophe Curtat, Fabrice Gripa, JC Cellars, Clos du Val, Saintsbury, Indevin and Saronsberg) the two decided to embark on their own winemaking endeavour. Cave Julien Cécillon is the product of that union.
Respecting the unique environment of each appellation, the estate applies sustainable grape-growing techniques in the vineyard to achieve the best expression of terroir. All work is done by hand. Vines density is 8,000 to 10,000 vines/ha. Yields are 32 to 40 hl/ha. The domaine is close to AB organic certification and starting in 2017, plowing is done by horse to work the granit soil.
In the cellar, the syrah clusters are entirely destemmed. Maceration and crushing occurs in open stainless-steel and fiberglass tanks for 28 to 34 days. Each parcel is vinified separately; wild yeast fermentation, pigéage (punch downs) and pump overs occur weekly. The parcels are blended after malolactic fermentation occurs in used french barriques. Élevage is not rushed lasting anywhere between 12 to 15 months for the Crozes-Hermitage and 16-20 months for the St. Joseph.