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Caves Yves Cuilleron Viognier IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2021

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Primary Notes: Peach, Apricot Mango Grapefruit/Pomelo, Orange/Mandarin Rose, White Flowers

Secondary Notes: Nutty

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium +

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium -

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Rhone Valley, France

Maker: Yves Cuilleron

Grape: Viognier

Fermentation: Natural Heavy Wood

Awards: >90 pts

Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best served between 10–12 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Chinese spicy hotpot, whole fish with ginger and scallion, chicken curry

Western Food Pairing: Roasted Guinea fowl with lemon and fennel, Salmon, Cheese (Gruyere, Comté, baked Brie with apricots)

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Caves Yves Cuilleron Viognier IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2021

Caves Yves Cuilleron Viognier is simply remarkable. Delightful bouquet of white peach, citrus blossom and honeysuckle. The medium-bodied palate is dry with a bright acidity and distinctly oily texture. Fuzzy apricot, peachy and lemon citrus flavours with nuances of honey and ground almonds.


100% Viognier. The fruit comes from Yves Cuilleron's vineyards in the Northern Rhône Valley just outside Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Saint Joseph. The vineyards grow across steep terraces with granitic and alluvial soils. Thus, much of the vineyard work is done by hand and uses sustainable agricultural practices.
Manual harvesting of the grapes then natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine then ages for 7 months on its lees, 2/3 in wooden vats and barriques with regular batonnage. Light filtering before bottling.


 
How about a Red from Rhône? Check out Franck Balthazar Cote du Rhone 2018.
12.5%

AWARDS & ACCOLADES



 Has that unmistakable scent of northern Rhône Viognier: pounded almonds and fuzzy apricot skins. It’s remarkably broad, even fat, on the palate, with an oily texture. It’s partly matured in barriques, which no doubt contributes to this opulence. Not as refined as a Condrieu, but speaks the same dialect.