The Cuilleron family domaine was founded in 1920. Yves, a 4th generation grape grower, assumed control of the estate in 1987. The domaine today extends over 52 hectares in multiple appellations. Most of the vineyards lie south of Condrieu, in the commune of Chavanay. Known as the “King of Condrieu”, Yves is credited with saving the appellation from obscurity.
The Yves Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie Bonnivieres is made from 100% Syrah harvested from vines planted in the area of Bonnivières, a east-facing hillside with predominantly micro schist soil. The grapes were hand harvested and partially destemmed prior to fermentation with natural yeasts in open-top tanks for 3 weeks. The cuvée spent eighteen months ageing oak barrels.
“From an east-facing (hence, cooler) site, Cuilleron’s 2017 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Bonnivieres is 100% Syrah, matured in 50% new oak. It features herbal notes, hints of black tea and crisp red berry fruit, and it’s medium-bodied, with a taut, wiry feel, silky tannins and a long, crisp finish. I suspect this may age well past my predicted drinking window. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent results.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate