2016 Domaine Yves Cuilleron St. Joseph Cavanos (750ml)
Josh Raynolds (Vinous, March 2019):
"Vivid purple. Smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a peppery nuance and complicated by smoky bacon and olive flourishes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense dark berry preserve, violet pastille and spicecake flavors plus a sweet touch of vanilla. Clings impressively on an extremely long, mineral-tinged finish framed by smooth, slow-building tannins. 93 points"
James Suckling (Aug. 2018)
"Attractive dark plums and blackberries with subtle mocha, dried herbs and warm, dark stones. The palate has a very fleshy, energetic and modern feel. Long and succulent. Juicy, upbeat, fresh-fruit finish. Drink or hold. 93 points"
"It’s nice to see Yves Cuilleron’s red wines finally getting the same amount of attention and respect in the market as has long been given to his outstanding Condrieu bottlings. Yves isn’t shy about using new oak and his top bottlings often see up to 50% new barrels, with no deleterious effect, at least to my taste. Cuilleron points out that his wines are meant to age and 'if you give them the time they need, the oak recedes and the terroir is clear, with the fruit remaining fresh.' I have always enjoyed this domaine’s wines in brighter, fresher vintages like 2014, 2013 and 2012, and 2016 fits nicely into that small group. While I understand and agree with Cuilleron’s assertion that his wines are built to cellar, I do think that these 2016s will be approachable quite soon and then hold up nicely toward their 15th birthdays, such is their balance and tannin integration." - Josh Raynolds (Vinous)
Cavanos is the bottling formerly known as "L'Amarybelle". Starting 2015. his oldest (40+ years old), densely planted Syrah vineyards have been used for this cuvee. Cavanos is the ancient local name for the village of Chavanay.