About the Wine
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: 12 months, 20% in concrete vats and 80% in large barrels & French oak casks
Tasting Notes: 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.
Dark ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice, and pungent flowers are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. The pepper and floral qualities repeat on a nervy, focused finish that's framed by chewy, steadily building tannins. ~90 Vinous Media
Direct, with a good bolt of blackberry and raspberry fruit, laced with dried anise and singed juniper notes. Very fresh finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,916 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. ~90 Wine Spectator
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