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Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2016

Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2016

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"Light gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh citrus and pit fruits, anise and violet, complemented by a vibrant mineral overtone. Juicy and sharply delineated on the palate, offering intense tangerine, pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors that deepen on the back half. Smoothly combines power and finesse and finishes on a strong mineral note, showing outstanding energy, persistence and lingering florality. Drinking window: 2019-2024. 93 points

Cuilleron’s name was largely established on the reputation of his full-flavored, often extravagant Condrieus back in the mid-to-late 1990s, and while these wines are still among the most expressive examples of the appellation, they are decidedly more graceful than in the past. Oak is a factor for the top bottlings but my extensive experience with the wines suggests that the wood recedes rather quickly, so my advice is to leave your bottles alone for a bit before pulling corks.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/18)