Viognier Les Vignes de la Cote 2016
Winemaking has been part of the Cuilleron family for 3 generations. The estate was established in 1920 by Yves’ grandfather. In the 1960 Yve’s Uncle, Antoine Cuilleron, took over as estate manager before the reins were passed along to Yves in 1987. Yves hadn’t intended to go into the family business. It was during his time in the military in Alsace, France that Yves began tasting wine more extensively and “caught the wine bug”. Years later, when Antoine was ready to retire as estate manager, and the family considered selling the estate, Yves didn’t hesitate to step forward and take over, keeping the estate in the family. The wine making approach is organic, paying true respect to the soil in which the vines grow. This entry level Viognier gives you a glimpse into what Yves Cuilleron’s Condrieu may be like. The wine is intense with white flower and apricot aromas. Fresh on the palate with a lingering finish. A perfect wine to enjoy with shellfish.
Rosenberg Gruner Veltliner 2016
This 29 hectare estate is currently run and managed by Anton Bauer, who represents the 4th generation in the Bauer family to manage the property. Anton’s dedication to quality begins in the vineyards where they focus on producing healthy, ripe grapes while maintaining nutrient rich soil. Once full physiological ripeness is achieved, the grapes are then carefully harvested by hand before being sorted to ensure only the best grapes make it in to the final production. After fermentation, the wines remain on the yeast in order to help result in a harmonious balance between alcohol and acidity. As one of Anton’s philosophies is that quality takes time, the wines are bottled relatively late, giving the wine time to mature. The result of all of this careful work is a straw yellow wine rich with complexity. Notes of apple and quince intermingle with exotic spice and white pepper. This lively and fresh wine is sure to please!