Domaine Yves Cuilleron 2016 'Laya' Crozes-Hermitage AOC

Item Number: 12631

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Crozes-Hermitage AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13

Wine Notes: 'Laya' comes from a single vineyard in the southern part of Crôzes-Hermitage on the Chassis plain. Fully destemmed, the 2016 spent 18 months in used barrels, and it shows impressive richness and depth for the appellation. Fruits veer toward the black, with a subtly somber edge adding nuance to an otherwise fruit-led presentation, and the tannins are relatively gentle and approachable..

Vintage Notes: Although oceans of purple prose were spilled in the press about the 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône, most growers here remark that 2016 is perhaps even greater. While it may lack the sheer tannic heft and dazzling concentration of 2015, 2016 offers superior elegance—a more fine-grained glimpse into the terroir—while sacrificing nothing in terms of density and longevity. For a grower like Cuilleron, who even with his newfound lighter touch still makes wines of relative muscle, 2016 allowed for wines of impressive balance.

"2016 is a terrific vintage for the Northern Rhône. The wines shine for their purity, elegance, and balance, while still possessing good concentration and depth of fruit...The wines don’t have the sheer depth of fruit or grandeur of the 2015s nor the sunny exuberance of the 2017s, but they have beautiful aromatics, medium to full-bodied mouthfeels, ripe tannins, healthy acidities, and classic, transparent characters. These are undoubtedly better than the 2014s, 2013s, and 2012s, and possibly even the 2011s. In addition, most of the wines will be approachable in their youth yet evolve gracefully on their purity and balance." - Jeb Dunnuck 12/20/2018

(91-92)pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 7/18/2019
"Ripe black/blue fruit liqueur, candied licorice, olive and potpourri on the nose, along with a peppery nuance emerging slowly. Coats the palate with concentrated cassis and bitter cherry flavors. A violet pastille nuance adds a touch of sweetness. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, spice-tinged finish leaving a hint of smokiness behind."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: (90-92) (6/1/2018)

    Smoke-accented cherry, cassis and olive scents are complemented by suggestions of black pepper and five-spice powder. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Shows very good energy and repeating smokiness on the clinging, blue-fruit-tinged finish, which is framed by smooth, well-knit tannins.