“Since I can remember, I’ve always loved tastings and good food. Wine has been part of my family’s history for three generations. The estate wasn’t destined for me, but my passion for winemaking drew me back to my roots, and in 1987 I took over my uncle’s estate,” slowly explained by Winemaker Yves Cuilleron himself
“For three generations, wine has been part of my family history, on my mother’s and father’s sides. My paternal grandfather established the estate in 1920. By 1947, he was selling his wine in bottles. In 1960, my uncle Antoine Cuilleron became the estate manager. In 1987, when I took over running it, I decided to settle in Verlieu, my mother’s home village.”
2010 Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Des Coliines Rhodaniennes has a great smell of flowery honeysuckle and gooseberry/ripe pear. It also came with a orange-tinged yellow color of medium depth. Tasted very minerally and has a light French oak coconut while the background has a lingering of persimmon. I came to know it was aged for 6 months on its lees in vats and barriques. It was a good choice and I loved sipping into it.
2010 Yves Cuilleron Roussanne Des Coliines Rhodaniennes was delicate fruity and infused with floral aromas (honey, apricot, hawthorn and pear). It was superbly stylish and balanced well palate, with attractive fatness and a lingering finish.
2010 Yves Cuilleron Syrah Des Coliines Rhodaniennes had a combination of an expressive bouquet of tart red berry fruits. A soft fruity palate with fine tannins and freshness on the finish. An excellent finishing for me.
Cuilleron was born in France in 1961 and initially inherited his family’s estate of 3.5ha in Condrieu and Saint Joseph, France.
He eventually increased his holding to 59ha and since 2009, Cuilleron has been consulting at Domaine des Masques and helping to make the wines of this magnificent estate, located on the Plateau du Cengle, which overlooks Montagne Sainte-Victoire near Aix-en-Provence, France.
This year, they are working on plans for a new vat room, which will enter service for the 2014 harvest, giving us better working conditions and enabling a stronger focus on quality.
The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rosé wines.
Casa del Rio organised the event blending with variety of gourmet experiences where hotel’s executive chef Allan Ho created a mouth-watering four-course dinner to match Yves’s fine wines.
Cuilleron made the maiden trip to Malacca and to deliberately pair his nectars with Chef Allan Ho’s dishes.
As we seated a glass of 2010 Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Des Coliines Rhodaniennes was poured to greet us openly and came runnong to the table was the plate of home smoked butter fish. The fish was done brilliantly and firm moist texture and paired so smoothly well with the wine. An exciting introduction.
The next action was to interragate the next liquid, the 2010 Yves Cuilleron Roussanne Des Collines Rhodaniennes which was paired with the deliciously prepared Baby Lobster Tails on Steamed Asparagus, Shaved Parmegiano-Reggiano Cheese, Bearnaise Sauce. I just love the taste of the wine that blended so well and gave my palate a tease.
We move on with the Pan Roasted Veal Strip Loin with Sauted Savoy Cabbage and Veal Lardon, Sweet Potato and Pearl Onion and paired it with the 2010 Yves Cuilleron Syrah Des Coliines Rhodaniennes. The veal was lovely crafted as it was moist abd tenderly done. The liquid was exciting too, bold and intense.
Having to grace the lovely sweet, Iranian Saffron Tiramisu was the end of the showcase of the night. It had a great texture, smooth and not overly sweet but I find it slightly overpowered with spice. It was nice.
It was an awesome wine dining night at Casa del Rio Melaka and it was a superb night to meet up with Yves Cuilleron the winemaker himself. It was definitely was well spend night and thank you Casa del Rio for making this an excellent trip.