Viognier "Les Vignes d'à Côté", 2019, Yves Cuilleron, Rhône
Rich, textural and medium in body. Abundant stone fruits and floral notes combine with a seductive silkiness which any red wine would be enviable of.
The Four Point Lowdown
- Abundance of stone fruits and floral notes
- Ripe, rich and round - think a juicy ball
- You know what? Just have it by itself
- Perfect for sneaking in wine to a museum
About this wine
The Disney princess of our wine selection. Romantic, elegant, mesmerising. Sweet as honey with boldness and a backbone. Scented with roses and honeysuckle and a lick of sharpness and attitude.
Yves Cuilleron was just showing off with this one. This wine is a work of art, created by one of the most talented winemakers in the Northern Rhône. Once you have stopped crooning over all the delicious stone fruit, your mouth is filled with a satin, sensuous feeling. The finish is balanced, bright and moreish. This wine is organic.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Rhône, France
Les Vignes d'à Côté means ‘the vines from next door’. Yves Cuilleron is a master who makes exceptional wines in just about all the most prized plots in Northern Rhône. This Viognier is organically farmed to protect the local biodiversity and vinified using indigenous yeasts and barrels.
Domaine Yves Cuilleron was founded in 1920 by the eponymous Yves' grandfather, Claude Cuilleron. It has remained a family business ever since, with the estate passing to Yves' uncle, Antoine, before Yves took over running it in 1987. Despite having always loved good food and wine tastings, he didn't always aim to get into the wine business, thinking instead of becoming a mechanic. However, during military service in Alsace, he visited many restaurants and wine tastings with his friends and, in his words, 'really caught the wine bug!'. When his uncle retired, leaving no successor, and Yves' parents considered selling the estate, he jumped at the chance to join the family business.