Yves Cuilleron, is described by Wine Spectator as "the leader of Condrieu's new generation of winemakers." Yves represents the 4th generation of Cuilleron vignerons although he initially trained as an engineer. The lure of the vine proved too hard to resist and after a year's training at the Ecole Viticole in Macon he took over the vineyards in 1987. Since then he has built an entirely new winery at Chavany facility while at the same time he acquired additional vineyard property. The domaine now produces about 50,000 bottles annually divided between the appellations of St. Joseph Blanc, St. Joseph Rouge, Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Most of the vineyards are situated in and around the commune of Chavanay which is just south of the town of Condrieu.
Produced from old mass selection vines (i.e. grown from cuttings from the same vineyard), planted in south/ southeast-facing hillside terraces. «Les Serines» is not a district; it refers to the local name for Syrah..
High-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectares). Naturel cover cropping to avoid erosion. No insecticides with respect of soil and vine balance, few treatments (depending on weather and the necessary) and small amount of organic fertilizer. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape ripening. The grapes are handpicked; and then sorted, crushed and partial destemmed in the cellar. Fermented in open top, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Alcoholic fermentation in vats with native yeasts and malolactic fermentation in barrels followed by18 months in barrel.
A deep and complex wine. The nose reveals dark fruits completed by spices (cloves) and subtly wooded. Straight and distinct on the palate. The pureness and the complexity give a magnificent mineral length with spicy matured tannins.