Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,
Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône. His reputation rides on his exquisite wines
from Condrieu, some of the finest expressions of Viognier available. His basic cuvée is
La Petite Côte, made from his youngest vines, with an average age of 15-20 years. One step up in complexity is his vieilles vignes (old vines)
cuvée, Les Chaillets. This wine is produced from vines grown in
terraced vineyards, hence the name Les Chaillets (meaning terraces). All of Cuilleron's white wines receive full malolactic fermentation (the
conversion of sharp malic acid to softer lactic acid) and frequent agitation of the lees to provide depth and flavor.
Cuilleron also produces fantastic red wines from the Syrah grape. We have been excited about his Syrah, Vin
De Pays Des Collines Rhodaniennes, 2005. This is 100% Syrah sourced from vineyards located directly above the Cote Rotie vineyards but just
outside the appellation, hence the Vine De Pays classification. The land is flatter than Cote Rotie but it has the same granite soil necessary for
producing top notch Syrah. This is appropriate for summertime drinking with varietal character truly representative of the Northern Rhone with
tons of cracked black pepper, dark fruit and a dose of bacon fat.
That's why it is our Wine of the Week
Cuilleron Syrah – Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes – 2005
The best part is the price - $16.99 per bottle
The better part - buy three at 10% discount comes to $15.29 per bottle
The betterest part - 15% discount on a case comes to $14.44 per bottle
UPCOMING IN-STORE TASTING
Take a short vacation to sunny Spain this Thursday, July 13th from 5-8pm. We will be pouring some of the best hand crafted Spanish
wines on the market including a top Albarino, a very traditional, old style Rioja and an award winning Mencia from Bierzo … did you see the
article on Bierzo in the New York Times food section last month? Spanish expert Mickey Vail will be on hand guide you and
answer your questions.
Click here to see
the wines we will be pouring.
We hope to see you here...
Jean-Luc Le Dû