Yves Cuilleron St. Joseph Rouge Cavanos VV 2016
Although oceans of purple prose were spilled in the press about the 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône, most growers here remark that 2016 is perhaps even greater. While it may lack the sheer tannic heft and dazzling concentration of 2015, 2016 offers superior elegance—a more fine-grained glimpse into the terroir—while sacrificing nothing in terms of density and longevity. For a grower like Cuilleron, who even with his newfound lighter touch still makes wines of relative muscle, 2016 allowed for wines of impressive balance.
2016 Saint-Joseph Rouge “Cavanos – Vieilles Vignes”
Formerly known as “L’Amarybelle,” “Cavanos”—the old local name for Chavanay—comprises Yves’s oldest Syrah in the village (over 40 years of age), planted in soils of granite and muscovite. The 2016 offers a more overtly smoky character than others, and a thicker palate of greater tenacity. The 20% new oak is all but invisible due to the wine’s impressive density, and this should evolve nicely in bottle.