Yves Cuilleron / Syrah Les Vignes d'à Côté 2019
Yves Cuilleron - Collines Rhodaniennes - Syrah - Les Vignes d'à Côté - 2019 Vintage
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Collines Rhodaniennes IGP
Yves’s basic Syrah, “Les Vignes d’à Côté,” hails from a variety of parcels in the northern reaches of Saint-Joseph, in and around his home village of Chavanay. The sandy soils from this part of the appellation imbue the wine with an elegance and lift which harmonize beautifully with the signature varietal notes of smoked meat, cracked black pepper, and fresh leather. Yves moderates the alcohol levels of his basic wines in ingenious fashion, keeping their yields slightly higher than he would for his other wines rather than picking before phenolic maturity has arrived, and this 2019 clocks in at a modest 13%.
This gorgeous little Syrah offers remarkable complexity in addition to its freshness and typicity. Yves employs a lengthy three-week maceration for proper extraction, retaining around a third of the whole clusters, and ages it half in steel and half in used barrels, keeping the parcels separate until his skillful final blending. This “grown-up” élevage leads to a wine of depth that, tasted blind, one could be easily forgiven for mistaking as a Saint-Joseph, and which represents one of the very best values in the entire Rosenthal portfolio. We cannot recommend it highly enough as a staple and an effortless crowd-pleaser.