Yves Cuilleron

'Ayguets' Condrieu Doux 2016

This outstanding dessert wine is made only in years in which there are enough botrytis-affected grapes. Ayguets is made from 100% Viognier planted on south-facing terraces overlooking the village of Chavanay. The wine, formerly known as Essence d’Automne, is mind-bendingly complex, with aromas of white pear, dried apricot, peach, and green tea. The palate is rich and full with a silky texture and enough dry extract to offer a good structure. The wine is surprisingly balanced for a late-harvest Viognier. Feature this wine as dessert rather than paired with dessert. It would also be excellent with blue cheese, savory tarts or foie gras or duck rillette.

Yves Cuilleron

The Cuilleron estate, located in Verlieu, a hamlet of Chavanay just south of Condrieu, is one of the benchmark producers of the Rhone. Yves Cuilleron makes an assortment of wines from multiple appellations, including Condrieu, Saint Péray, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, and Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes. Cuilleron has been described by the wine press as "the leader of Condrieu's new generation of winemakers” and his wines straddle the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their sites in an approachable, immediate way, with purity, precision, grace, and joy.


Rhone, France

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