The Cuilleron family domaine, located in the town of Chavanay, was founded several generations ago. Yves Cuilleron’s grandfather was the first to bottle wine for commercial purposes in 1947. The estate is now in the hands of Yves Cuilleron. He took over in 1986, though at the time he had no viticultural experience, his professional experience was as a mechanic. Today, he is considered a superstar of the Northern Rhône with a reputation for very fine white wines from Condrieu, though he also produces outstanding Côte-Rôtie and St Joseph.
The Yves Cuilleron Viognier 2007 is golden yellow in color and a bit cloudy. Nose of apricot and peach with lemon curd, sea foam and a little must. On the palate, stone and tropical fruit with hints of bay leaf, white pepper and jalepeno. Good richness with steely minerality. Perhaps a little heavy handed and a bit front loaded. 13.5% alcohol. 21,000 bottles produced. Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchants.
A very good bottle of wine, but have had better values and better whites from the Rhône for money, at this price point I would probably opt for one of the following: