A candidate for best St Péray from the vintage, this is made with a 100% Marsanne from granitic soil and barrel fermented in 25% new oak. There is almost a golden brightness to the glass and a typical Marsanne viscosity on the palate that makes this a perfect match for food. Delicious floral notes combine with white apples and opulent notes of oven roasted lemons and ripe white peaches with a typical nutty Marsanne finish.
Sara Guiducci, Private Account Manager
The on-going re-emergence of St Péray (mirroring for whites the red wine phenomenon in Cornas) continues apace. Yves’ Cerfs cuvée stood out in 2011. It is made from 100% old-vine, granitic Marsanne and has been aged in 33% new wood. Hazelnut, pear skin and white pepper dominate the taster’s first (and on-going) impressions.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer
Energetic, dynamic and likeable, Yves Cuilleron is seen as the most influential and, at times, the most outspoken of the Northern Rhône producers. The completely rebuilt winery at Chavanay is testament to both his success and ambition; Yves’ skill lies in disseminating the minutiae of terroir (now, in my view, with even better results as the use of new wood has been relaxed a little). ‘Tendu’ seemed to be his most popular adjective used to describe the 2011s: ‘tight-knit, nervous, and with potential’ is my rather prosaic and, in all probability, not entirely accurate translation, a little close to a personification perhaps.
Domaine Yves Cuilleron