2012 Cornas, Le Village, Domaine Yves Cuilleron

2012 Cornas, Le Village, Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Product: 20128024354
2012 Cornas, Le Village, Domaine Yves Cuilleron

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Preternaturally energetic, Yves Cuilleron is never far away from the action. The action these days – if you will pardon the vernacular – is definitely in Cornas, at least as far as the northern Rhône is concerned. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Yves has taken contractual ownership of a finely delineated granitic terrace just above the village. The wine resembles the man – cerebral, sturdy and yet with plenty of vivacity. The 2012 is a worthy imprimatur. 
Simon Field MW, Berry Bros. & Rudd
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Wine Advocate90-92/100
Wine Advocate90-92/100
Also impressive, the 2012 Cornas Village, which sees only 30% new oak, offers classic Cornas flare with cassis, black raspberry, barbecue sauce, licorice and chocolaty notes to go with medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. I love the overall purity here, and given the solid texture and polish to the tannin, I suspect it will be approachable on release.
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About this WINE

Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Yves Cuilleron, is described by Wine Spectator as "the leader of Condrieu's new generation of winemakers." Yves represents the 4th generation of Cuilleron vignerons although he initially trained as a engineer. The lure of the vine proved too hard to resist and after a year's training at the Ecole Viticole in Macon he took over the vineyards in 1987.

Since then he has built an entirely new winery at Chavany facility while at the same time he acquired additional vineyard property. The domaine now produces about 50,000 bottles annually divided between the appellations of St. Joseph Blanc, St. Joseph Rouge, Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu.

Most of the vineyards are situated in and around the commune of Chavanay which is just south of the town of Condrieu. He produces approximately 12,000 to 15,000 bottles of Condrieu each year with his production split into 3 cuvees; La Petite Cote, an old vines cuvee Les Chaillets, and a late harvest cuvee Les Ayguets.

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Cornas

Cornas

Cornas is a small appellation, just 150 hectares, located south of St Joseph. It’s on the west side of the river. The name “Cornas” comes from an old Celtic dialect term, meaning “burnt land”, so it’s no surprise that on the steep terraces here, facing south, temperatures are significantly higher than those in Hermitage, which is just 7km away.

The granite soils are home to the Syrah grape, producing reds that sit somewhere between those of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These are strong and powerful wines, with nervy acidity and a robust, rustic charm to them. Their prominent tannins mean that they often demand time in the cellar to express their underlying elegance and complexity.

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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