Grape: 100% Syrah. Region: France> Northern Rhone> Saint Joseph> L’Amarybelle. Notes: Old Vines, Oak barrel aging. Indigenous yeast. Single vineyard. Sustainably farmed (No pesticides or herbicides, organic fertilizer).
Description: The Cuilleron family is located in the town of Chavanay, it was founded several generations ago (1920). This wine is made with 20 to 40 year old vines sourced from terraced vineyards perched on the slopes of Chavanay, which makes most mechanization difficult, if not impossible. Thus, much of the vineyard work continues to be done by hand. The soil is a mix of sand and granite with a very thin top soil. In the cave, the grapes are fermented using indigenous yeasts.
The wine is aged in both medium and small sized oak barrels, with a small percentage of new oak utilized, for 18 months in barrel and then bottled with a light fining and no filtration.
The 2014 vintage will turn out to be a spectacular wine for Yves Cuilleron and it is already drinking with balance and elegance. The fruit character will continue to develop in a seductive direction. Aromas of granite and crushed cherries when first open. The palate opens with boysenberry, salt, pepper, and hints of umami that will continue to develop.
Food pairing: Lamb, game, oxtail, blue and hard cheese, venison, stewed meats, truffles, choice cuts of beef, etc.