2017 Yves Cuilleron “Lyseras” St-Joseph Blanc, Northern Rhone, France

2017 Yves Cuilleron “Lyseras” St-Joseph Blanc, Northern Rhone, France



Yves describes the 2017 vintage as a hypothetical blend of 2016 (for its balance and relative elegance) and 2015 (for its core of power), and certainly he achieved a great equilibrium between approachability and structure with the below set of wines. A bout of hail toward the end of July, coupled with the seemingly annual struggles with hydric stress in this part of France, resulted in lower-than-usual yields, but the 2017s here show excellent verve and expressiveness.

“Lyseras” is a blend of equal parts Marsanne and Roussanne planted on various parcels of sandy granite, aged in a combination of foudres and smaller barrels (none new) for nine months. The 2017 deftly balances exotic varietal character—apricots, white flowers,tangerines—with high-toned Indian spices, creating a harmony driven more by tension than by overt acidity. A captivating white-truffle note lurks in the background, adding another
dimension to this very impressive wine.


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