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. You won't find quality 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 "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.
These three wines forgotten by history have come back to life by the hands of three winemakers - Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard, and François Villard. With Les Vins de Vienne they have reinvented the production of wines from Seyssuel.They make three bottles from this region: Sotanum, Taburnum, & Heluicum.
This has lovely minerality from the start, with an iron note that glides through the core of steeped plum, red currant, and raspberry fruit, while notes of singed mesquite and black tea fill in the background. There's nice grip for the cellar. Impressive for this younger-vine cuvée. Best from 2014 through 2022. 1,250 cases made ~93 Wine Spectator
Deep ruby. A powerfully scented bouquet displays smoke-accented black raspberry, cherry, and oak spices. Pliant dark berry flavors gain freshness with air, taking a turn to livelier raspberry and bitter cherry. Sharply focused and energetic, with excellent finishing lift, harmonious tannins, and lingering spiciness. ~91 Vinous Media
Charming raspberry aromas intertwine with scents of green herbs and smoke, then pick up hints of espresso. This medium-bodied Syrah ends with pretty berry shadings and a silky texture. Drink now and over the next several years. ~91 Wine Enthusiast
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