Yves Cuilleron represents the third generation of winemakers. Cave Cuilleron was founded in 1920. In 1987 the domain came into the hands of Yves through his grandfather and uncle. Together with François Villard, Yves Cuilleron is today one of the greatest talents in the northern Rhône. Wine Spectator calls him the leader of the new generation of winemakers in the Condrieu. Most of its vineyards are in and around Chavanay, just south of Condrieu. In total, it has 59 hectares spread over Saint Joseph (Blanc), Saint Joseph (Rouge), Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Yves has an important slogan… picking grapes as ripe as possible! He’s a gourmet. He likes good food and ‘Les Vins Gourmand’ (greedy wines). You can also taste that in his wines. He makes his wines ‘100% maison’. For each plot or type of wine, he monitors the Cuilleron style of the relevant cuvée, without compromise. However, nothing is certain with him. He works on feeling, experience and continues to observe and adjust.
He selects the fruit of the older and younger vines. He does the same with the different plots (suddenly). He only blends different plots if there are enough synonyms or properties that complement each other. He has been working sustainably according to la lutte raisonnée for 20 years; a sensible way of winemaking without pesticides, no fertilizers (but limited with organic fertilizers). In the cellar he works with the natural yeasts and prefers to use older foeders and barriques instead of steel tanks.