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Ci-après le lien vers la mini-vidéo tournée dans le cadre de la translayon 2012 sur la randonnée LPO/MVVA

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Un petit filme sur les Coteau des Treilles



Le vignoble de Jo Pithon fait partie de la réserve naturelle régionale, planté sur le flanc sud de la carrière de Beaulieu sur Layon

Written by Kenny Galloway :

.....(Jo) is very friendly, approachable and casual and is knee deep in his winemaking. His Anjou Rouge is one of the best I’ve ever had.


Jesse Becker published the following :


.....parcels in Bourgueil were from the excellent lieux-dits of Les Graviers and Le Coteau, and that there were new wines on their way from Chinon and Saumur-Champigny. There will also be Savennières and Quarts-de-Chaumes under the Pithon-Paillé label, but my favorite wine will always be Les Treilles.


A little movie about Pithon Paillé

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Medisfeer - Publication in Bruxelles

13 février 2010

Dive bouteille

2010 : le grand plongeon

....Nous changeons de grotte de tuffeau et nous nous arrêtons chez un petit jeune : Joseph Paillé. L’expérience de Jo Pithon et la fougue de Joseph aux commandes du négoce Pithon-Paillé qui n’hésitent pas à instaurer un réel partenariat avec les propriétaires de parcelles (pour la majorité biologiques). Des Anjou blancs et rouges, des Savennières, des Chinons et des Bourgueils. Nous avons apprécié la gourmandise des Chinons, emprunt d’une jolie minéralité, à la matière pas trop marquée. Bon courage pour cette aventure, sans oublier Wendy et Isabelle, leur femme respective.


Cuisine et Vins de France

Septembre- Octobre 2009

Beautiful view from Les Treilles

Charles Sydney

Our UK Importer :

History : Despite a series of mishaps that left him with no domaine, no winery and only 5 hectares of vines, the Loire’s very own gentle giant is once again up and kicking.

In partnership with his wife Isabelle and her son Joseph, and based in the medieval castle of La Fresnaye (complete with drawbridge and dry-moat to keep wannabe financiers out ?), Jo is now vinifying the wines from his own vineyards – including the prime Les Treilles slopes – and wines from grapes bought sur pied and grown to his specs in Anjou, Savennières and Quarts de Chaume, the whole topped up with a further few barrels of red from Chinon and Bourgueil.

General Comments : Set in the north Layon crus of St Lambert, Beaulieu, Chaume and St Aubin, the estate’s vines are planted mainly with Chenin Blanc, with just enough Cabernet franc to enjoy playing with.

Running the vineyards organically, Jo uses spring de-budding, summer de-leafing and where necessary, crop thinning to achieve maximum ripeness. Picking is by hand in separate tris, looking for golden rather than botrytised chenin for the dry whites and for the concentration of passerillage or botrytis for the Layons. After a gentle pressing the whites are fermented in new – 3 year old 350 litre barrels, while the red grolleau and cabernet franc age a year in barrique.

Conduisant le vignoble en culture biologique, Jo fait de l’ébourgeonnage, ôte des feuilles en été quand c’est nécessaire, fait des vendanges vertes pour un maximum de maturité. Les vendanges se font à la main, par tris pour ramasser des raisins dorés mais pas botrytisés pour les vins secs.

Pour les Coteaux du Layon la concentration se fait par le Botrytis, pourriture noble, quelque fois par passerillage.

Après un pressurage doux, les vins blancs sont mis en barriques de 228 ou 350 litres, neuves ou jusqu’à 5-6 ans. Les vins rouges, Groleau ou Cabernet Franc sont aussi élevés en barriques un an.

A 100% malo on the intensely elegant dry whites, batonnage and upto 18 months maturation in cask add depth and ripeness to wines clearly marked with the minerality of the schist and the breadth given by carboniferous rock, producing dry chenins of great purity and concentration. Jo is not just one of the Loire’s greatest characters, he is also one of its very best winemakers – and his wines show perfectly the genuine potential of Loire Chenins.

100% malolactiques sur des blancs secs trés élegants, batonnage et jusqu’à 18 mois d’élevage en barriques combinent profondeur et richesse sur des vins marqués par la mineralité pour les schistes et par la largeur, l’ampleur sur les sols carbonifères.

Produisant des chenins secs d’une grande pureté et concentration, Jo n’est pas juste un des plus grands personnages, il est aussi un des meilleurs vignerons et ses vins montrent parfaitement le véritable potentiel des vins de Chenin de Loire.

Jim Budd

Winner of the 2009 Wine Blog Trophy

January 2008 saw Jo Pithon split acrimoniously from his partner industrialist Philip Fournier, who had taken a big majority stake in Domaine Pithon in 2005. Now a year later Jo and Isabelle Pithon, along with Joseph Paille, Isabelle’s son, officially launched the first vintages from Pithon-Paillé. The new company is a combination of producer and négociant.

Jo : "We have three roughly equal sections in Pithon-Paille – one third my wine, one third Anjou Blanc produced as a négociant and one third other Loire cuvées such as Savennières, Quarts de Chaume, Bourgueil, Chinon etc. I still have the three hectare Les Treilles and two hectares in Saint-Aubin – the Clos des Bois, which includes 0.5 ha of red – Cabernet Franc. For the moment we are able to vinify and age our wines at the Château de Fresnaye (near Saint-Aubin-sur-Luigné and which dates from the 17th century). The château is up for sale but I anticipate that any sale is is unlikley to go through for a year or two. We plan to build a new chai at Beaulieu-sur-Layon in the future.

"We would like to buy all of our grapes from organic producers but for the moment this isn’t possible but 80% of the grapes that we bought in 2008 came from organic producers. Our aim this year was to produce 50,000 bottles but due to the short harvest we only made 35,000."

I ask Jo how easy it is to buy grapes especially in appellations like Savennières. "Over many years in Anjou I have built up a lot of contacts. Also in view of happened last year many producers have been happy to give me a helping hand. In particular Etienne Bonnaventure (Château de Coulaine) helped me a lot in Chinon."

We taste a range of wines –mainly unfinished ones from 2008. There will now be two cuvées from Les Treilles – a top cuvée called Coteaux des Treilles, which with represent 25% of the harvest and a second cuvée called Belargus des Treilles – named after Bleargus a blue butterfly found in the vineyard.

Clearly the events of this time last year were traumatic for Jo and Isabelle but they have turned over the page and Jo is positive and optimistic about the new venture. "I was happy to leave – they did not have the same conception of wine as I have. Instead I’m happy to be doing what I am doing now – it is a great opportunity to be buying grapes from terroirs that I have never worked with before."

Clairement, les évenements de cette dernière année ont été traumatisant pour Jo et Isabelle mais ils ont tournés la page et Jo est positif et optimiste sur leur nouvelle aventure. « J’étais content de partir, nous n’avions pas la même conception du vin. Donc je suis heureux de de faire ce que je fais maintenant et c’est une grande opportunité d’acheter des raisins de terroirs que je n’avais jamais travaillé avant.

Pithon-Paille are continuing to work with Charles Sydney. I just hope that there is someone with a hard business head in the new team that will keep the show on the road. Over the past 20 years commercially Jo has had a roller-coaster ride but over that period he has produced some stunning wines.


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