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2010 Condrieu, La Petite Côte, Domaine Cuilleron

Condrieu, La Petite Cote, Domaine Cuilleron
Yves’ ‘entry’ Condrieu would be a ‘tête de cuvée’ for most, such is its quality. The small slope in question is located, albeit not precisely, as this is something of an assemblage… at the southern end of the appellation. The wine is aged in large egg-shaped foudres, thereby affording a point of difference from the other Condrieus in the range. Peach and silky nectarine fruit are evidenced on the palate after classic aromas of apricot, quince and white pepper.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

Our visit to Yves this year, despite its first-after-lunch graveyard slot, was one of the best of them all. Perhaps it was a fruit day! The wines were singing and Yves was composed and confident, clearly very happy with the vintage. For him the long ripening season of 2010, with its significant diurnal temperature variations, was the key to quality. The vigneron’s Grand Master chess skills were fully exercised in the decision of when to harvest… a tricky decision of course, each plot being different, but now, finally I understand the purpose of each of the many varied cuvées in the range and there appears to be some stability and a real sense of purpose in the winemaking….and not too much new oak now…..The enfant terrible has really come of age…

Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Condrieu, La Petite Cote, Domaine Cuilleron
Product: 6693
Maturity: Drink 2012-2014 (Drink now)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Rhône » Condrieu Map of the region
Grape Variety: Viognier
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
Eco Information: Organic in Conversion
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