Yves Cuilleron, Syrah "Les Candives"
This is a stunning red from one of the northern Rhone's top producers. If you like the idea of Hermitage or Cote Rotie but balk at the prices, then this is for you. If you only want a really, really good bottle of French red, then, again, this is certainly for you. Dark fruits and spice with notes of licorice on the nose lead to a lush, densely fruity palate that is balanced with freshness and typical Syrah elegnace, structure and length
This champion wine-maker of the Rhone produces some of the most exclusive wines in the region. Cuilleron knows exactly what each plot is able to yield in terms of quality, style and character and in that regard is a master of all of the vines he tends. This wine is made from the best selection of vines on the hills next to the most famed sites in the Rhone, and they are a selection found only on shallow, granitic soils in the Chavanay sub-zone. This base provides a superb platform for the grapes to ripen with minimal intervention from the vineyard team, who, in truth, only fertilise when necessary with organic fertilisers and don't even spray with insecticides. The result is this wonderfully complex, rich and pure varietal wine that is then treated like royalty (in the positive sense) and though it has a relatively short maceration of 2 weeks, it is aged in barriques for 8 months, providing the wine with structure, elegance, character and a lick of oak. A very special wine.
By the way, "Les Candives" isn't a region or area, it's actually the local name for Syrah. Now you know.
Yes, just a note; this is the 2020 vintage, which you might think is very youthful (to say the least). Well, it is; but these days that doesn't mean as much as it used to: I always ask if it is ready for drinking; in other words, is there any aspect of the wine that isn't quite right, or that will be better in a year or so. The answer here, because of the skill of the winemaker, is perhaps! That's because of the barrique aging. I'd like some of the oak to be allowed to develop and integrate with the fruits a little more, but right now, you already get a delicious glass of wine that is perfectly ready to drink. It will change in time and I think it will get even better. 2020 did have something good to offer after all...
- Fine Dining
- Hard Cheeses
- Mature Cheeses
- Red Meats
- Rhone Valley
- Medium Full
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