A collaboration by the Rhone Valleys' most established names, Les Vins de Vienne, is a partnership of Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard, and Pierre Gaillard. Three superstars and Syrah-specialist vignerons, in the Rhône.
Beginning at Rhone's northernmost point in 1996, this trio purchased and rejuvenated the old terroir of the vineyard of Seyssuel, located on the left bank, north of Cote-Rotie. It was Gaillard's readings of historic writers that led him to Seyssuel, home to famed wines during the Roman era, the Middle Ages, and the 19th century. The wines of Le Vins de Vienne are typical of Northern Rhone terroir that are guaranteed to over-deliver. You won't find Village level, Northern Rhone, at a better price!
When Cuilleron first visited Seyssuel, he looked up at the rising slopes and noted their exposure to the sun. As the vigneron and proprietor at Cave Yves Cuilleron, Yves remains committed to the entire process from vine-planting to bottling, controlling every aspect of his wines. Practicing "reasonable viticulture", he aims to "produce the best possible grapes" to make "100% homemade wines" both at his own estate and at Les Vins de Vienne.
The wines of Les Vins de Vienne are adored by the Michelin acclaimed chef Patrick Henriroux and have been on the wine list of his restaurant, La Pyramide, one of Vienne’s legendary restaurants, since 2000.
Aging: 9 months on lees in large barrels and in French oak casks
Tasting Notes: 100% Viognier.
Bright pineapple, star fruit, and white peach notes are enlivened by pretty fennel and quinine hints. Elegant minerality on the finish offsets the vivid fruit. 450 cases made. ~92 Wine Spectator
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