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The wines of Domaine Cuilleron, Northern Rhône, France

Cave Yves Cuilleron, Verlieu, 42410 Chavanay, France
Tel : 0033 (0) 474 870 237  Fax: 0033 (0) 474 870 562
E-mail: cave@cuilleron.com 
Website: http://www.isasite.net/cuilleron/ 
UK agent: Enotria

In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhône region. He’s a modernist, but not overly so: his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's a purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.

Cuilleron took over the family domaine in 1987, and has since grown it significantly. He owns 8 hectares of the 100 hectares of Condrieu, which makes him one of the top dogs here. But his reds also impress – I was impressed by his St Josephs (perhaps the leading expressions of this appellation, and his Côte-Rôties are pretty good. It’s rare to find a producer with a set of scores as consistently high as these.

Cuilleron Condrieu La Petite Côte 2004
This is a delicious, bold peach and apricot-laden white wine, with a rich texture palate showing nutty, peachy fruit. Very fat with low acidity and a spicy finish. A brilliant Condrieu.
Very good/excellent 93/100

Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets Vieilles Vignes 2004
Nicely defined stone fruit and pear nose. Nice fruity palate with lovely definition to the soft, fat, peachy fruit. An interesting wine that’s not as fat as previous example.
Very good/excellent 92/100

Cuilleron St Joseph Les Pierres Sèches 2004
Fresh, clean bright red fruits nose is perfumed and open. There’s a bit of meaty richness on the well defined palate, which has lovely fruit purity. A really nice, transparent wine. Very good/excellent 92/100

Cuilleron St Joseph Amarybelle Vielles Vignes 2003
Very fresh perfumed nose showing pure fruit with a minerally, spicy edge. The palate has high acidity with lovely purity of focused bright fruit. Savoury, delicious, minerally and earthy. Very good/excellent 93/100

Cuilleron St Joseph Les Sérines 2003
Dark, spicy and meaty with lovely bright pure fruit. The palate is concentrated and intense with nice spicy tannins. Beautiful stuff: spicy and minerally with real focus – a delicious wine.
Very good/excellent 94/100

Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie Côteau de Bassenon 2004
Slightly shy dark fruits nose, which is a bit meat and spicy. The palate is concentrated and full with lovely pure, rounded red and black fruit. Quite elegant with a spicy edge. This is a lovely wine that needs time.
Very good/excellent 93/100

Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie Les Terres Sombres 2002
Dark, minerally, savoury nose: focused, spicy and earthy. The palate is concentrated and earthy with nice savoury spiciness. Quite drying and earthy on the finish. Good effort from a rubbish vintage. Very good/excellent 90/100

Cuilleron Condrieu Les Ayguets Récoltes Tardives 2004
This sweet Condrieu is Cuilleron's oddity. It's Deeply coloured.
Massively rich, intense apricotty nose with lemony freshness. Complex and intense. The palate shows soft, rich, viscous apricotty, peachy fruit. Complex and intense. Excellent 95/100

Wines tasted 02/06
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