We love the concept and philosophy at Domaine Cuilleron. Rejecting ‘off-the-shelf ideas’, Yves vision of viticulture is highly personal: not conventional, not organic, not biodynamic. With an eco-friendly approach and entirely unconcerned for quotas and international certifications, his sole focus is to grow the best grapes possible. Benefitting from the freedom this brings, Yves vines receive the “haute couture” treatment; respectful manual treatment with the fewest treatments possible.
In this steep-sided part of the Rhône Valley, vineyards are often terraced and cannot be mechanised, so all vineyard management tasks are carried out by hand. Les Pierres Sèches refers to the dry-stone walls used to strengthen the vine terracing.
Grapes for this wine come from a selection of vines on the hillsides of Chavanay where the soil is granitic and shallow. The grapes are harvested manually and do not receive any insecticides or pesticides, only a small amount of organic fertiliser. The wine is left to ferment with natural yeasts and spends 18 months ageing in old oak barrels.
This deep, dark red has aromas of violets, blueberry and lots of white pepper! The palate is complex with leather, spice, a vibrant acidity and subtle tannins.