Yves Cuilleron is known for making heavenly wines in the Northern Rhone Valley of France, his family has been doing so since the 1920s. His reds and whites are equally divine, but today we focus on one of his whites - Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes 2019.
Marsanne is one of the Rhone Valley’s classic white varietals and Yves Cuilleron’s bottling is a perfect example. It is medium-bodied with great mouth-feel displaying notes of apricot, peach and white flowers. It has tension, richness and restraint.
The Marsanne is hand-picked from low yielding vines, fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts, and aged on the lees for six months in older barrels. Many sustainable and natural practices are utilized to culture the vines; plots are grass-covered to fight erosion, no insecticides or pesticides are used, and only small amounts of organic-only fertiliser, with respect to soil and vine balance are considered. There is a great focus on vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning, and green harvesting to promote grape maturation.
This is the perfect spring white due to the wine’s versatility; it will pair with a diverse array of food with its delightful acidity and amazing texture, or drink well on its own. This is a great alternative to Chardonnay for those of you who desire a fuller-bodied white and do not want all the oak.
Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes 2019
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Rich and yet bright, displaying notes of apricot, peach and white flowers. Medium-bodied with great texture, fresh acidity and finishes dry. This is an easy step up for those who want to try something different from their usual Sauvignon Blanc. Don’t just enjoy this on it’s own, it's also a great food wine.
This cuvée is sourced from vineyards in Chavanay that sit on granite-infused soil. The fermentations (alcoholic and malolactic) take place in stainless steel; then, the wines is racked into a mix of stainless steel and small barrel for six months before bottling.