Yves Cuilleron is one of the most renowned winemakers in the Northern Rhone region of France. These wines are part of a refined winery allotment and a unique opportunity to own and taste slightly older vintages no longer available in regular retail channels.
• Origin: the best and oldest vines on the estate, on south/southeast-facing terraces overlooking Chavanay. "Les Chaillets” is not a district but the local name for terraces.
• Soils: muscovite-rich granite.
• Variety: Viognier.
• Cultivation: high-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectare). No insecticides or pesticides, few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation.
• Vinification: the grapes are picked when fully ripe and hand-sorted. After pressing, they are alcoholic and malolactic fermented in barriques with native yeasts.
• Maturing: 9 months in barriques, on the lees, no racking, regular stirring.
• Alcohol content: 13.5% Alc./Vol.
• Output: approx. 20,500 bottles.
• Style: Powerful and pure wine. Complex nose composed of the typical aromas from the grape variety. (Apricot, violet) interlaid with mineral aromas from the terroir and the roasted ones from the maturing. Straight and slim on the palate with a velvety touch. Few sweet spices at the final.
• Ageing: drink for the primary aromas during 3-4 years, but also for the secondary aromas from 6-10 years.
• Food match: shellfish and delicate fish (e.g. langoustine with lemon and fresh sage).
93 Points - Tanzer
92 Points - Robert Parker