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, 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.
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 "viticulture reasonable", 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: 15 months on lees in large barrels and in French oak casks
Tasting Notes: White Wine. 100% Viognier. See reviews below for expert tasting notes.
Gorgeous apricot, anise, Cavaillon melon, and nectarine flavors are bunched at the core but should unwind soon enough, as a mouthwatering green plum edge delivers great definition and cut on the finish. The purest and raciest vintage yet for this wine. Viognier. 665 cases made. ~93 Wine Spectator
Light yellow-gold. Highly aromatic scents of melon, nectarine, and anise, with a deeper suggestion of honey. Round and supple on entry, then livelier in the middle palate, offering energetic citrus and melon flavors along with subtle beeswax and mineral nuances. Lingers with excellent fruity intensity and a hint of warmth, repeating the honey note. This is 100% viognier, from vines planted on schist in Seyssuel. ~90 Vinous Media
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