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2015 Northern Rhône Gems With Amazing Price, Points, and Press - 03/07/2017 - Rhone Valley

Christophe Billon is a name you will want to get to know as he has quietly producing some of the best (and most affordable) Côte Rôtie in the Northern Rhône. His wines have been favorites among a small cadre of fans for some years now, but given his sterling lineup of 2015s he is poised to impress a far wider audience. The Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck was clearly smitten as he scored these wines up to 97 points - ratings typically associated with some of the greats in Côte Rôtie - an accomplishment that usually commands prices that are multiples of what you see here. Considering the quality of the vintage and limited production of the appellation, Billon's wines are a true diamond in the rough.

Running a tiny operation Billon is able to employ a very hands-on approach with the highest level of attention being given to every step in the process from vine to table. 2015 was a magnificent vintage, which Billon captures wonderfully. His wines are ripe, fleshy, with supple tannins and the perfect accents of earth and spice. Available on pre-arrival now is the time to lock-in the best prices you’ll find on these 2015s. Production is very limited as is our allocation, so don’t hesitate to pick up these exceptional finds from this up and coming producer.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Christophe Billon "Les Elotins" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) 95 93 $44.99 View
2015 Christophe Billon "Cote Rozier" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) 97 >100 $59.99 View
2015 Christophe Billon "La Brocarde" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) 97 >100 $69.99 View
2015 Christophe Billon "Les Matisses" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival) 90 36 $34.99 View


2015 Christophe Billon "Les Elotins" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the same qualitative ballpark as the Côte Rozier, yet possessing more elegance, the 2015 Côte Rôtie La Brocadre (95% Syrah and 5% Viognier, mostly destemmed and aged in new barrels) offers lots of raspberry and black raspberry notes, as well as new saddle leather, cassis, toasted spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, pure, layered and downright silky, its a brilliant wine that will have two decades of longevity.This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon. (JD)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: One of our great new finds this year came from our visit to Christophe Billon in Côte-Rotie. Residing in the lieu-dit of Côte Rozier, Billon has flown under the radar for far too long. While working at Guigal, Christophe and his wife Maryline began this side project in 1991. He left Guigal in 2008 to dedicate his full time to their estate vineyards. Christophe now makes three Côte-Roties along with an entry-level Syrah, Viognier and a beautiful Condrieu. When we visited, he took us on a little cellar tour, climbing up and down barrels to pull tasting samples with his wine thief. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The 2015 Les Elotins will bottle in September. The fruit all comes from their Côte Brune vineyard. The wine has a gorgeous core of concentrated cherry fruit. Persistent on the palate, it finishes with a panoply of baking spices.

2015 Christophe Billon "Cote Rozier" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

97 points Decanter: "Inky, dark berry fruit plunges through the nose. Sleek palate and handsome tannins. Top grade; a triumph.Drinking Window 2019 - 2037" (03/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the reds, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Côte Rozier is a serious, masculine, structured effort thats not going to be for those looking for instant gratification. Gunpowder, crushed rocks, smoked black fruits and background meatiness all give way to a concentrated, tannic red thats going to require 5-7 years of bottle age. This vintage includes 2% Viognier, was partially destemmed and will see over two years in 50% new barrels.This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon. (JD)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: One of our great new finds this year came from our visit to Christophe Billon in Côte-Rotie. Residing in the lieu-dit of Côte Rozier, Billon has flown under the radar for far too long. While working at Guigal, Christophe and his wife Maryline began this side project in 1991. He left Guigal in 2008 to dedicate his full time to their estate vineyards. Christophe now makes three Côte-Roties along with an entry-level Syrah, Viognier and a beautiful Condrieu. When we visited, he took us on a little cellar tour, climbing up and down barrels to pull tasting samples with his wine thief. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is the first vintage this wine has been bottled as a single lieu-dit (designated vineyard site). It is everything one could hope for in a Côte-Rotie with its aromas of grilled meats and crushed rocks. The wine is superbly complex but will require a little patience with its firm tannins.

2015 Christophe Billon "La Brocarde" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the same qualitative ballpark as the Côte Rozier, yet possessing more elegance, the 2015 Côte Rôtie La Brocadre (95% Syrah and 5% Viognier, mostly destemmed and aged in new barrels) offers lots of raspberry and black raspberry notes, as well as new saddle leather, cassis, toasted spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, pure, layered and downright silky, its a brilliant wine that will have two decades of longevity.This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon. (JD)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: One of our great new finds this year came from our visit to Christophe Billon in Côte-Rotie. Residing in the lieu-dit of Côte Rozier, Billon has flown under the radar for far too long. While working at Guigal, Christophe and his wife Maryline began this side project in 1991. He left Guigal in 2008 to dedicate his full time to their estate vineyards. Christophe now makes three Côte-Roties along with an entry-level Syrah, Viognier and a beautiful Condrieu. When we visited, he took us on a little cellar tour, climbing up and down barrels to pull tasting samples with his wine thief. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

Coming from his most select parcel in Côte Brune, the young tannic structure was present but it could not conceal the aromas of blueberry, potpourri and leather. It was highly expressive and an exceptional way to finish this round. We left the cellar incredibly smitten with the Billon wines and we cannot stress enough that its time to get on board before this train leaves the station.

2015 Christophe Billon "Les Matisses" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with his only white, notes of rose garden, wet river rock and spice, as well as classic stone fruits and a touch of caramel all emerge from the 2015 Condrieu les Matisses. Medium-bodied, fresh, lively and sappy, with good tension, it should be drunk over the coming 2-3 years. (JD)" (12/2016)