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Yves Cuilleron, the Dynamite of Northern Rhône

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We had a great time showing Yves Cuilleron, who has been praised by wine authority Robert Parker as “one of the most brilliant winemakers in Northern Rhone”, how well local dishes pair with his wines when he was in Singapore. This was what he said.

I am bringing back lost grape varieties. It’s a project I have been working on with 15 other winemakers to replant grape varietals from Northern Rhone that were lost when farmers started pulling vines out and planting apricots and peaches in the 1950s as it made more money. This is a shame as the vineyards in Condrieu were as expensive as those in Champagne and Burgundy in the 18th and 19th century.

My father worked in the factory but he liked to eat well. He grew his own vegetables and made his own wine. We didn’t have to money to buy high-end stuff but we learnt about quality as my dad grew and made them and he taught us. At ten years old, I was drinking good wine mixed with water.

Condrieu is always great, but try the Rousilliere Blanc for something new. It’s the name of the vineyard parcel and is a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne grapes. The sweet wine is made Sauternes style, with only 2,000 bottles. It is less expensive than Condrieu, and is about one-third the price.

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