Domaine Yves Cuilleron 2017 'La Petite Côte' Condrieu AOC

Item Number: 12630

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Condrieu AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Viognier
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14

Wine Notes: Cuilleron produces 'Petite Côte' from a variety of southeast-exposed, terraced vineyards of granite and muscovite overlooking the village of Chavanay. Fermented and aged 40% in foudres and 60% in two-and-three-year-old barrels, the 2017 showcases Yves’s skilled hand with the sometimes overly exuberant Viognier. Classic variety notes of peaches, cream, and white flowers stop short of opulence, and though it is certainly thick in texture it is not at all ponderous—a textbook Condrieu from a real master.

Vintage Notes: Yves describes the 2017 vintage as a hypothetical blend of 2016 (for its balance and relative elegance) and 2015 (for its core of power), and certainly he achieved a great equilibrium between approachability and structure with the below set of wines. A bout of hail toward the end of July, coupled with the seemingly annual struggles with hydric stress in this part of France, resulted in lower-than-usual yields, but the 2017s here show excellent verve and expressiveness. Yves’s hand with these sometimes unwieldy Northern Rhône white varieties is like that of a lion tamer: he allows them to roar and stomp around enough to thrill the crowd, but he knows exactly when and how to rein them in and instill discipline. Each and every wine, in every appellation, imparts a sense of mastery; one senses, when drinking these wines, that they are in the hands of someone for whom mistakes are a foreign concept. And, as seductive and expressive as they are in their youth, Yves’s white wines always dazzle with age, revealing hidden layers of mineral complexity as they shed their youthful chub. You owe it to yourself to lay a few of these down and wait for their fireworks to be unleashed.