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2016 Yves Cuilleron 'Petit Cote' Condrieu

Northern Rhône

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Our Price: $99.99 / bottle (RRP: $99.99 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Smoothly combines power and finesse... showing impressive energy and persistence.'
92 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

  • The Cuilleron family domaine is located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay. As of 2012, the domaine is comprised of 52 hectares of vineyards, covering multiple appellations including, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph Rouge and Blanc, Cote Rotie, and Saint-Peray.

    La Petite Cote is 100% Viognier from South/ South East facing vines in terraces overlooking the village of Chavanay.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    High density planting in sandy, granitic soils. No insecticides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, and only a small amount of organic fertiliser is used, with respect to the soil and vine balance. Leaf-thinning and green-harvesting are employed to promote grape maturation.

    Grapes are handpicked then sorted and pressed into oak barriques. Fermentation and malolactic are carried out in barriques using indigenous yeasts. Post ferment, the wine spends an additional 9 months in barrique, with no racking and regular lees stirring.

    TASTING NOTES

    An expressive and seductive wine. The nose evokes a fruit basket of apricot, quince, peach and citrus fruits. Some sweet notes of flowers (lilac, rose and violet) and honey make the whole set even more charming. The mouth is vibrant and fresh, with a beautiful spicy power.

  • REVIEWS

    'Light green-tinged yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh citrus and pit fruits and violet, along with a vibrant mineral overtone. Juicy and sharply delineated on the palate, offering intense orange, Anjou pear and honeysuckle flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Smoothly combines power and finesse and finishes on an emphatic mineral note, showing impressive energy and persistence and a touch of white pepper.'
    92 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

    'Banana, apricot, cream, sweet spices, soft acid and full body. Very much a typical Condrieu, which will be best appreciated in its youth.'

    16.5 / 20 Points - Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com



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