These wines are delicious today
and will age for a decade or more'" -R Parker

"In addition to its remarkable fruit, the 2007 harvest offers terrific consistency. From domaine to domaine, appellation to appellation, and variety to variety, quality is extremely high. Wines from the lesser appellations such as Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône-Villages will merit buying by the case for their expression of both fruit and terroir." -Wine Spectator

Olivier holds a bottle of his excellent wine

It looks like more great news from the southern Rhone. In fact, this is a drinker's vintage: sumptuous, readily accessible fruit and soft tannins; just in time for those steaks on the grill, I would say.

I was just reading in La Revue du Vin de France where they said, "If you want to understand Visan, then Olivier Cuilleras is your man."

The wines coming from Visan are more precocious than many other area communes, its soils are very varied and the vineyards wind around the small hilltop village benefiting from the slope. The wines coming from Visan are also known for their structure.

The Cuilleras family has owned the Domaine de Guintrandy since 1850. Olivier is the sixth generation to work the vines here. Olivier's first vintage was in 2000. He took over the family estate from his father who up until that time had been selling his grapes to the cooperative. That was the way things went back then, but Olivier had other ideas. He wanted to make his own wine and put the name Cuilleras on the label and on the map. And that is what he has done.

Olivier uses a blend of almost 80% Grenache (the rest is Syrah) in his "old vines" bottling. The results are striking and complex. He does not filter his wines which means all the flavor that is created from the juice mingling with the skins during the elevage does not actually get removed before the wine gets into the bottle and you and I get to drink it. He uses a combination of new and old barrels to age the wine. The vines in the Vieilles Vignes bottling are very old - 80 years!

His estate is on top of a hill which makes it less vulnerable to the scorching weather on the valley floor. Olivier has some of the best soil in the region - clay and limestone - great drainage on the top and water retention down below to pull the roots through those times of drought.

This is one of the best Cotes du Rhones (and Rhone values) I've found. It's got its fruit in all the right places. Cynthia Hurley

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Domaine Guintrandy Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Vieilles Vignes 2007  

Domaine Guintrandy Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Vieilles Vignes 2007


A wonderful nose of cherries and spice. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced, with cooked red fruit flavors (cherries and prunes), spices and barrique. There is a long, harmonious, persistent finish.  more

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