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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Collines Rhodannienes IGP|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Vegan|
The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel using native yeasts, then spends six months on the lees in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels before bottling. This 100% viognier is bright yellow in color, with dense aromas of stone fruits and tangerine on a spicy nose. Full of flavor and rich on the palate, it offers up fleshy ripe pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of pithy citrus zest. Mouthwatering acidity offers good lift on the finish, while lingering notes of spice and orchard fruit make it wonderfully complex and satisfying. Sustainably grown, vegan.