LVT 2017 r 2019 wh Yves set out out on his vinous journey in 1987, so is now something of a veteran, although you wouldn't know it from his approach, and rock n'roll music playing. His life was thrown into tragedy by the premature death of his beloved wife Mathilde just at the harvest time in 2011. She was in her early fifties. Mathilde was an artistic all-rounder, so suited to Yves. She sang jazz, designed soaps from grape varieties, and worked on the domaine. Friends and colleagues helped with the 2011 harvest. Their daughter Elsa started to work on the domaine in the late 2010s, and helped with the 2019 vinification.
There is beautiful elegance in the Condrieu, a wine that has gained in dimension and depth in recent years. It is always rich and perfumed, with, since 2018, a use of amphores to raise it, which Yves says brings increased freshness.
The Côte-Rôties also show the domaine's trade mark finesse and stylish fruit, with the Sereine Noire capable of sound evolution: the 2015, a ***** wine from cask tasting, should live for around 25 years. The 2017, a ***** wine, merits this excerpt from my tasting note: "The combination of rocks and flowers is most compelling, all in one glass. The fruit serves to link the rocks and the flowers, two of nature’s elements, rather than it being a wine with fruit first, plus two other touches. This is core Côte-Rôtie, a lovely swirl of red fruits criss-crossing it, is long on character, a great unbridled ride."
With a full harvest in 2015, Yves introduced a Côte-Rôtie Côte Rozier on its own (1,500 bottles, ***** quality), wine that usually goes into La Sereine Noire. It was not made independently in 2016 and later. Saint-Joseph red and white are now also offered, sound quality, with a good Vin de France Viognier from a 0.3 hectare vineyard touching the Condrieu appellation.
Yves, daughter Elsa 2 rue de la Garenne 69420 Condrieu
Tel: +33(0)474 59 57 04
Countries exported to:1) GB 2) USA 3) Japan 4) Germany, Belgium – 2011 was 1) USA 2) GB – before was 1) USA 2) Switzerland 3) GB
Percentage Exported: 8%, down from 20-25%
British Importers: Berry Brothers www.bbr.com, Raeburn Edinburgh www.raeburnfinewines.com (since 1989)
USA Importers: 6 importers – 3 in CA, plus Nevada, NY, Chicago