Domaine Guillaume Gilles 2018 Cotes du Rhone, Les Peyrouses, AOC

Item Number: 15676

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cotes du Rhone AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Peyrouses
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand and clay beneath riverstones
Elevation: 600 meters

Terroir Notes: Hailing from the flats just to the east of the Cornas appellation, the Les Peyrouses Rouge is a remarkable and unique wine: pure Syrah planted in the 1870s, during phylloxera’s initial outbreak, and in fact comprising the very first grafted vines in the area. The soil in this vineyard is a mix of sand and clay, with loads of large limestone pudding-stones, and the wine Guillaume coaxes from these astonishingly old vines is so powerful in its fruit that he gives it 12 months élévage instead of 18. (Also, as a testament to its sheer power, he always presents it after his Cornas during visits to his cellar.)

Vintage Notes: The 2018 is a slightly less structured rendition of the site, yet it maintains a telltale sense of wildness and earthy depth beneath its broad, ample fruit. He coaxed 42 hectoliters per hectare from Les Peyrouses in 2018—the highest yield he has ever achieved here.

Harvest: Manual
Stems: Yes; whole bunches
Yeast: Native
Fermentation: Concrete vats; racked off lees after
Aging: 12 months in neutral demi-muids
Fining: None
Filtering: None