Yves Cuilleron IGP Roussanne Les Vignes d'à Côté - Organic practices
The Cuilleron family Domaine, located in the hamlet of Verlieu (part of the town of Chavanay) was founded several generations ago (1920). Yves Cuilleron’s grandfather was the first to bottle wine for commercial purposes in 1947. Antoine Cuilleron, the uncle and immediate predecessor of Yves, assumed control of the Domaine in 1960 and significantly increased the percentage of wine bottled at the estate and extended the scope of the Domaine. Yves assumed full ownership and direction of the Domaine in 1987 and, since that time, has built an entirely new facility while at the same time acquiring additional vineyard property. The Domaine is now (as of 2012) significantly larger in scope with 52 hectares of vineyards that cover multiple appellations, including principally, Condrieu, Saint Joseph Rouge and Blanc, Cote Rotie, Saint Péray, and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes.
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.
Originating from a granitic and alluvial soil, the Marsanne has been grown following sustainable and respectful methods. In the cellar, the wine was subject to natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentation and the wine is aged for six months on its lees in vats and barriques. Therefore, the wine is generously aromatic. Look for notes of white-fleshed fruit, citrus fruits like pomelo grapefruit and blood orange, as well as white flowers. The tasty palate is balanced by wonderful freshness and ends with lovely and pleasantly bitter and fine spicy touches.