Domaine Yves Cuilleron 2017 'Les Vignes d'a Cote' Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP
Item Number: 11981
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Collines Rhodaniennes IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Shallow granite
Case Production: 670
Winemaking Notes: This pure Syrah is sourced from vineyards in Chavanay, essentially granite-infused soils. The Syrah is destemmed at harvest. Fermentation takes place in open-top stainless steel tanks with a two week maceration. An elevage then proceeds for approximately eight months in a mix of stainless steel and small barrel.
Vintage Notes: "2017 was a scorching hot, early vintage and the wines are ripe, sexy, and flamboyant, with open-knit, approachable profiles. While they don’t have the massive concentration and depth of fruit found in the top 2015s (or 2009 and 2010 for that matter), they’re more concentrated than the 2016s and have terrific balance and elegance, which gives them a surprisingly light, weightless feel on the palate." - Jeb Dunnuck 12/20/2018
About the Domaine: The Cuilleron family domaine, located in the hamlet of Verlieu (part of the town of Chavanay) was founded several generations ago (1920). Yves Cuilleron’s grandfather was the first to bottle wine for commercial purposes in 1947. Antoine Cuilleron, the uncle and immediate predecessor of Yves, assumed control of the domaine in 1960 and significantly increased the percentage of wine bottled at the estate and extended the scope of the domaine. Yves assumed full ownership and direction of the domaine in 1987 and, since that time, has built an entirely new facility while at the same time acquiring additional vineyard property. The domaine is now (as of 2012) significantly larger in scope with 52 hectares of vineyards that cover multiple appellations including Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Côte Rôtie, Saint Péray, and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes.