2014CuilleronViognier2014 Yves Cuilleron, Viognier, Les Vignes d’ a Cote, Rhone, France.
This is a real winner, Yves Cuilleron has a gift for great Viognier and his baby version is delightful and stylish. Yves Cuilleron’s single varietal series Les Vignes d’ a Cote offers lots of quality for the money and are very pretty wines, especially this 2014 Viognier and his 2014 Syrah bottling and you should keep an eye out for them, imported by Rosenthal, they will be hitting the shelves very soon. For those that want a study in Viognier and don’t feel like popping for a Condrieu should consider this Les Vignes d’ a Cote it delivers classic and true character with liquid stones, honeysuckle, apricot and tangerine notes throughout and opens to reveal a textural thrill and creamy center with hints of clarified butter and toffee notes with enough acidity to hold things in balance, this looks like the best wine in the 2014 vintage for Cuilleron’s Les Vignes d’ a Cote series, it has more intrigue than the Marsanne and Roussanne this time around and should prove lovely and enjoyable for the next 6 months to a year, drink up, this is yummy stuff. ($19 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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