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Cote-Rotie Terres Sombres, Domaine Yves Cuilleron 2009

Inventory Status: 9


The most complete of Cuilleron's trio of Cote-Roties. The fruit comes from parcels in Rochains, Viallere, and Rozier in the Cote Brune hillside terraced vineyards that are farmed without applying herbicides or chemicals. The blending is perfect. 100% Syrah from schisty soils. Quite mineral, especially in this vintage, with superb concentration of fruit and ripe tannins. Aggressive, powerful, and nicely textured. Really pure and expressive.

"Pretty full robe; the nose is complete, well-packed, not yet defining itself, but the black fruit is well-installed and persistent, friendly. Along with the notably ripe dark fruit feature meat stock, wisps of licorice. The palate flows in a juicy way, is appealing, typical of 2009. The fruit circulates freely, comes with late droplets of scent in the raspberry flavour. Good balance, cleanly made, Beau Vin. Good clarity, also--this has a future, is very, very sound. Herbal moments on the aftertaste. From 2013. 2022-25." 5 Stars/6 Stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth,

"Dark and rich, offering warm fig sauce, cocoa powder and roasted espresso notes driving along muscular structure, with charcoal and macerated black currant fruit holding sway on the back end. Very structured and tight, but densely packed. Should age nicely. Best from 2013 through 2023. 915 cases made." 93/100 Wine Spectator

"Dark purple. Dark berry preserves, cola, licorice and olive on the pungent, highly perfumed nose. Offers lush boysenberry and cassis flavors that becomes spicier with air and show a sexy floral quality on the back end. Supple tannins add shape to the finish, which clings with superb tenacity and alluring sweetness. This big boy is built to age." 93/100 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar'

"Yves Cuilleron literally magnifies the 2009 vintage with its Terres Sombres, a concentrated Cote-Rotie with notes of black cherry, cassis, and graphite. Its Syrah flavors reveals divine concentration, but needs time." 18/20 Gault Millau