From his home in the northern Rhône, this Condrieu specialist knows how to make the Viognier grape sing. In just a couple of decades, Yves Cuilleron has earned a reputation as one of the Rhône’s leading vinous exponents.
He is one third of Les Vins de Vienne’s elevated trio of winemakers, and his own wines from the various appellations he draws upon come in threes - not content with a single expression blended from his various sites, he prefers to explore the individual characters of each location and present them in isolation.
The wines are stunning, with the top expressions sold out each year before even leaving the gates of the estate. Building on a property first established in the 1920s by his grandfather, Yves has upped the ante considerably, creating new facilities and increasing the estate’s holdings from 3.5 to 52 hectares that stretch over a number of appellations, including eight of the 100 hectares that make up Condrieu. In pursuit of the finest possible fruit, Cuilleron’s viticultural approach is all natural. The end result? Power, elegance and a superb sense of place.
Viognier, Marsanne, Syrah, Gamay