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Olivier Pithon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Olivier Pithon
Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc

This exciting 9-hectare Domaine is situated adjacent to the great Domaine Gauby in the village of Calce in the Roussillon region of the Languedoc. Olivier Pithon is originally from a wine-making family from Anjou in the Loire and after spending some time in Bordeaux decided to settle in Calce in 2000 after being introduced to Gerard Gauby by his brother, Jo, a winemaker from Layon. The vines are grown strictly according to biodynamic principles, and they are superb – elegant, complex reds; delicate, floral whites. 

Olivier has one main driving force for his work. “I’ve had only one desire: to give everything to my vines so that then they give it back in their grapes and in my wine. You must be proud and put your guts, your sweat, your love, your desires, your joy, and your dreams into your wine.” This is the spirit along with the unique terroir of Domain Olivier Pithon that gives his wines their quality and uniqueness. 

The Soil: Schist, Marl, Calcareous-Clay; White Grape Varieties: Macabeu, Grey and White Grenache; Red Grape Varieties: Carignan, Black Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers, rainy winters, and moderate springs and autumns. With influence from the Tramontane wind, the local, gentler version of the Mistral blows from the northwest. It is dry, cold, and often violent, carrying air from polar regions. In summer it brings clear blue skies and relief from the heat. In winter it just brings frigid air. 

Certified Organic by AB in 2002 and certified biodynamic by Biodyvin in 2010, Olivier is passionate about respect for the land. His commitment to the living farm is evident in everything he does in the vineyard and in the cellar. 

Mon P’tit Pithon, Blanc, Cotes Catalanes 

  • Macabeu, Grenache, and Vermentino 
  • A wine to be enjoyed among friends. Fresh, balanced medium-bodied, natural, very open, and immediately enjoyable! 

Mon P’tit Pithon, Rouge, Cotes Catalanes 

  • Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre 
  • concrete fermented 
  • aged 6 months. 
  • The simple pleasures of life, to enjoy good food, to drink, to laugh summarize this P’tit Pithon. 

Cuvee Lais Blanc, Cotes du Roussillon Villages 

  • Macabeu, Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc 
  • on shale hillsides 
  • fermented and aged in 500 litre demi-muids 
  • Enjoy the leesy herbal notes, quite rich and powerful with a firm mineral character. 

Cuvee Lais Rouge, Cotes du Roussillon Villages 

  • Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre 
  • schists limestone and marls 
  • vines are vinified by soil, then blended in concrete tank. 

LA D18,Cotes Catalanes 

Named after a narrow scenic road 

  • Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc 
  • fermented in 22 hectoliter wooden vats 
  • It is tightly knit, intensely mineral, with fresh acidity. 

Le Pilou, Cotes Catalanes 

  • 100% Carignan 
  • 100-year-old vines 
  • calcareous soils 
  • 60-year-old vines on the shale, are tended with love to extract the very best grapes.