Yves Cuilleron took over the family estate when his uncle retired in 1987. At the time, Condrieu was relatively little known. Yves’ perfectionist approach soon resulted in wines that grabbed attention – making them hugely in-demand and raising the profile of the appellation as a whole. Much of the estate is set on terraces which makes mechanisation difficult, if not impossible, meaning that most of the work needs to be done by hand. Made with 100% Viognier grapes, which were at their best in the 2014 vintage, this is a classic Condrieu with intense pineapple and apricot aromas, so chunky that you can almost eat it. A floral yet creamy palate with good backbone and a wonderful freshness on the finish. Condrieu may be a less well known white but is one of our absolute favourites. Once introduced, white wine lovers are seldom disappointed.
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Prior to the late 1980‘s Viognier plantings were confined to south east France, and the Rhône in particular. In centuries past it was a common crop on the plains of the Southern Rhône, but over the years plantings declined as growers favoured higher yielding varieties. However, a spike in world demand for the distinctive, aromatic wine it produces, replete with white stone fruit, blossom and honey, led to a sharp increase in plantings in the late 1980‘s. It is thought to be native to the Northern Rhône where it is traditionally used as a lifting agent in blends, the exception being Condrieu, a varietal appellation. This small commune clinging to the steep west bank of the valley just south of Côte Rôtie produces the world‘s most sought-after Viognier. In the decades since its resurgence, the grape has been planted widely in the Languedoc, producing youthful, floral Vin de Pays, and also in the Americas and parts of Australia where the warmer growing season produces more alcoholic, concentrated examples.