Awarded 93 points and a Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition review of Northern Rhone 2015 (see blue link below).
Yves Cuilleron Madiniere Cote Rotie 2015 - February 2018 Decanter review
Having trained as a mechanic, Yves got bitten by the wine bug in the 1980s. So when his uncle retired in 1987, Yves jumped at the chance to run the family estate. At the time, Condrieu was relatively unknown, and Yves’ perfectionist approach from vine-planting to wine bottling resulted in wines that were to grab the attention of both consumers and critics – making them hugely in-demand, and raising the profile of the appellation as a whole.
Even though he is most famous for his Condrieu, don’t overlook Yves’ red wines from St-Joseph and Côte Rôtie which are made to the same exacting standards. 4 ha of south/southeast facing vines on the north of AOP. “Madinière” is not the district but the name of the stream at the foot of the hill.
No insecticides few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation.
Vinification: the grapes are hand-picked; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Fermented in open, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques with native yeasts. Ageing is for 18 months in barriques.
Intensely purple/black in colour, almost opaque. The nose is a concentrated wall of spices, mineral tones and dark berry fruits. Deeply concentrated, tight and seriously well structured, the palate is immense in its breadth and length showing a wealth of blackberry, fruits of the forest and spiced, wooded flavours. The firm finish means you won't forget this one easily.