Cave Yves Cuilleron Offer and In-Store Tasting
A Northern Rhône Jewel in Cave Yves Cuilleron
10% off 6 bottles
15% off 12 bottles
Join us on Saturday 13th April 12pm until 5.30pm for an in-store tasting
A long-time favourite of ours Yves Cuilleron took over the reins as the 4th-generation vigneron in 1987. He is based in Chavanay, just south of Condrieu, and has built up a formidable reputation in recent years. He now owns and leases over 75 hectares. We think they are all great wines and they are all very much in the style of Yves Cuilleron – lingering, rich white wines and big rich minerally reds.
Viognier "Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2017 £19.99
Yves Cuilleron makes outstanding Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie. He also has a parcel of 12ha of Viognier and Syrah outside the appellations from which he makes his Vin de Pays. The Cuilleron Viognier is the equal of some actual Condrieu. Hand-picked fruit from low-yielding vines, fermented in stainless steel, is aged on the lees for 6 months in older barrels. For less than half the cost of good Condrieu you get textbook Viognier - apricot, peach and floral notes on the nose, a creamy concentrated palate with a discreet lick of oak - a model of richness and restraint.
Marsanne "Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2017 £14.99
As floral as you could wish, and fruity in its youth! Elegant, sophisticated and in a highly expressive style, this Marsanne will charm you with its flower and white fruit fragrances. On the palate, everything is precise, clean, chiselled: a real demonstration of top-quality winemaking.
Roussanne "Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2017 £16.50
The Roussanne is sourced from vineyards in Chavanay and in Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône, essentially granite-infused soils. A large majority of the vineyards are set on terraces which makes most mechanization difficult, if not impossible. Thus, much of the vineyard work continues to be done by hand. The fermentations (alcoholic and malolactic) are done in stainless steel with native yeast. Then, the wine is racked into a mix of barrels and stainless steel tanks for a six-month élevage before bottling. This wine is in constant contact with the lees during élevage with regular bâtonnage. The wine is lightly filtered before bottling.
St Joseph Blanc “Lyseras” 2017 £24.50
A stunning wine. The grapes are hand-picked; then sorted and pressed in the cellar. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation’s take place in barriques with native yeasts. It then spends a further 9 months maturing in barriques, on the lees, no racking and regular stirring. Luscious, deliciously fruity and flattering. A sensational nose of stone fruits and acacia honey notes, which is fleshy and fruity on the palate. Nicely pitched between fresh and rounded fruit.
Condrieu “La Petite Côte” 2017 £39.99
No insecticides or pesticides, few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted, then pressed and left to settle. Fermentation takes place in barriques, spending 9 months in barriques, on the lees, no racking, regular stirring. This is an expressive and seductive wine. The nose evokes a basket of fruits gilded by the sun, apricot, quince, peach and citrus fruits. Some sweet notes of flowers (lilac, rose and violet) and honey make the whole set even more charming. On the pallet the wine is fresh, with a beautiful spicy power and a hint of bitterness, the tell-tale sign of a great Condrieu.
Syrah "Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2017 £14.50
This is the VDP Collines Rhodaniennes - and we think you get a snapshot of their superb wines without paying a premium price tag. This is a brilliant Syrah, with lovely features on the nose of crushed blackcurrant, black pepper, and leathery notes that you associate with Syrah in cooler climates. The palate is big, with lush fruit of fresh raspberries, cherries, dark blackberry really shining through, and cracked pepper flavours with good acidity and peppery tannins on a long finish.
St Joseph Rouge “Pierres Sèches” 2016 £23.99
The grapes are hand-picked and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. They are then fermented in open, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques with native yeasts 18 months in barriques. This is a fresh, precise, fruity nose. Restrained and taut on the palate, and it then bursts with lovely fruit and mild subtle tannins.
Côte Rôtie “Madinière” 2016 £51.99
One of the best wines from the Yves Cuilleron. This is 4ha of south/south-east facing on the north of the appellation. “Madinière” is actually not the name of the district but the stream at the foot of the hill. Similar techniques used as for the St Joseph above, this is great, seductive nose of dark fruits, toasty notes with menthol to finish. On the palate it’s harmonious and juicy. With silky tannins this is an exceptional wine.
NB: Offer valid for April 2019