The Roussanne is sourced from vineyards in Chavanay and in St. Michel sur Rhône, essentially granite-infused soils. The fermentations (alcoholic and malolactic) are done in stainless steel; then, the wine is racked into a mix of barrels and stainless steel cuves for a six-month elevage before bottling. Beautiful expression of Northern Rhône white winemaking.
Yves Cuilleron is, simply put, the star of the Northern Rhône for me. This is a great example of a classic varietal. Pale lemon colour and a nose of lifted florals, ripe stonefruit (apricot and nectarine) and a hint of citrus. The high end of medium bodied, but not quite full with good intensity to the flavours with stonefruit and oak (vanilla) playing the biggest part. Good length and overall a good introduction to the white wines of the Northern Rhône.