Deep ruby red colour. Vibrant strawberry and mineral scents are deepened by singed earth and tobacco, with a floral quality adding energy. Sharply focused red berry flavours are pleasingly bitter and precise. Turns spicier on the long, clinging finish. This conveys very good energy..
‘Les Pierres Sèches’ refers to the dry stone walls used to strengthen the vine terracing. The grapes are hand-picked; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Fermented in open, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques with native yeasts.
Cuilleron is one of a scant handful of growers who have allowed for a modern flowering of quality viticulture in an ancient, important land.
Yves’ viticulture methods are very personal, rejecting systematically off-the-shelves ideas, he is neither a conventional, organic nor biodynamic grower. Lutte raisonnée with a constant observation and adaptation to the climatic, topographic and vegetation growth conditions could describe his philosophy.