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 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 "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: 16 months in 50% new French oak casks
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Syrah. A superb, deep black cherry color. On the nose, complex and elegant with notes of spices, violets, and black fruit and vanilla. If you love smoked meat and bacon, you’ll love this wine! On the palate, powerful, structured notes of black fruit, herbs, white pepper, and blueberry. Delicious with game such as duck, hare, or pigeon, but also perfect with a roasted entrecote steak.
Offers a solid mix of dark plum and black currant fruit, with anise, savory, and bramble notes. The pepper-studded finish lets the fruit weave in and around as the grip hangs on. Best from 2015 through 2022. 300 cases made ~93 Wine Spectator
(from a vineyard that Les Vins de Vienne owns in Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf): Bright purple. The nose displays an array of dark berry and spice scents, along with notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Powerful, even brooding, with deep blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors given spine by juicy acidity. A smoky mineral notes come up on the finish, which lingers with very good tenacity and subtle sweetness. ~91 Vinous Media
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