Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Condrieu La Petite Cote 2019
Yves Cuilleron is one of the greats of Condrieu. He is based in the village of Chavanay, just south of Condrieu with familial roots going back a century. His grandfather was the first to bottle wine for commercial purposes in his village. Yves assumed control of the estate from his uncle Antoine in 1987. He increased the exposure of Condrieu but also gained holdings in nearby Cote-Rotie and even acquired vineyards in St-Peray, far to the south. His flagship wine is the “Petite Cote Condrieu.” The vines are planted on the terraced slopes in Chavanay with south, south-west exposure gaining maximum morning sunlight. It is aged for 9 months in barrel with regular battonage.
Pale, green-hued straw. Suave, mineral-accented citrus and pit fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of violet and ginger. Silky and focused on the palate, offering energetic Meyer lemon and Anjou pear flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Finishes impressively long, smooth and precise, showing a building mineral quality and a touch of spiciness
Region: Condrieu, Rhone Valley, France