Yves Gangloff is an unlikely winemaker who settled in the Rhône region only because he fell in love with Mathilde, a local woman who's now his wife. The couple sold their grapes to E. Guigal before establishing their own vineyard in 1987. Yves Gangloff draws his wine-making experience from the time he spent at the Rhône Domaine Delas. Gangloff was fortunate to acquire a few precious hectares of Condrieu and Côte Rôtie vines in the late 1990s. The Barbarine cuvée comes from younger vines on granite-based soils in the Côte Blonde. The Sereine Noire cuvée (which uniquely includes the local Syrah clone, Serine) is darker and more robust; it is sourced from the Le Mollard (Côte Blonde region) and Côte-Rozier (Côte Brune region) parcels. Visitors to the annual Ampuis Wine Fair are best advised to make a bee-line for the Gangloff stand as early as possible because thereafter it is virtually impossible to gain access to the great man, such is his popularity. A mercurial and somewhat chaotic genius, Gangloff makes uniformly outstanding wines. The intensely fruity Côte-Rôties of Gangloff has won numerous fans, among those many sommeliers, who enjoy matching them with local black truffle dishes. Gangloff labels -usually voluptuous nudes, are painted by Yves' brother.