PITHON-PAILLÉ, Saint-Lambert du Lattay
Jo Pithon is a well-known figure in the Loire. His epynomous estate was created in 1978, and was undoubtedly as highly regarded as Baumard and Pierre-Bise. Sadly though, Jo lost most of his estate in 2008, due to financial difficulties and when he could no longer agree with his financier.
Jo Pithon’s dream has always been to set up a ‘micro-négociant’ venture, similar to those in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, producing top quality wines, by vinifying and aging wines made from Chenin and Cabernet Franc, using the different soil-types and terroirs of the region.
At the beginning of 2008, Jo Pithon and his wife Isabelle, decided to take the plunge again, and with Joseph Paillé, Isabelle’s son, and Wendy Paillé, his wife, they created the Pithon-Paillé venture.
Jo had retained 5 hectares of his original estate, notably the famous plot at Les Treilles, and today the estate has grown to 12 hectares. To complement the fruit from their own vineyards,
the Pithons and Paillés work hand in hand with local growers, carefully selecting the plots, with a preference for organic production, supervising in the vineyards throughout the year and deciding on the harvest date. The winery has recently moved to Saint-lambert du Lattay.
Côteau des Treilles is a magnificent southern-exposed vineyard with slopes between 30 and 70%. This Côteau was planted before 1940 and then abandoned during the war as it was too steep to work on. Pithon-Paillé bought 70 different plots from 25 different owners over a 3 year period for a surface of 7 hectares of which 5 is plantable. In 2000 with the help of 2 American friends they planted 2.7 hectares of Chenin. The soil consists of magma rocks, with spilites and carbon, the yields are a mere 20 hl/ha. The wine is aged for 12 months in new and 3 year old barrels. The wine is intense and delicate at the same time, racy, elegant with pear, citrus fruit mixing with honeyed, grilled almonds and fruit skins notes. The finish is perfectly balanced with a delicate acidity and minerals reminiscent of a Grand Cru Burgundy.