2017 Guillaume Gilles "Les Peyrouses", Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France


The combination of old vines and richer, lower-slope soils produce a seriously powerful and wild expression of Syrah. It's expansive and dark-fruited, flaunting the savory herbal, spice and game side of the grape.

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This 100% Syrah comes from very old vines (originally planted in the 1870's) on sandy soil in the flats just east of the Cornas appellation. This drinks like a baby Cornas and is in fact vinified in the same manner as Gilles' Cornas; 30 days on skins in cement vats with 100% whole-cluster inclusion followed by 12 months in demi-muids. Perfect with burgers, it is dark-fruited, feral but not too structured, with powerful minerality and an effortless quality to it. We like to drink Syrah with a chill on it, and suggest you serve this just above cellar temperature. Cellar temp is 55; serve at 60 - 62 F.


Guillaume Gilles worked at Chave and Robert Michel, two of the greats in the northern Rhône. Thierry Allemand admires Gilles vineyard work calling it among the best of the appellation. A compliment from Allemand is no small thing.

We mention all of this to situate Gilles as one of the most important and exciting growers of the northern Rhône's younger generation. We are currently obsessed with his wines.

Gilles' flagship is his incredible Cornas, sourced from the upper slopes of the Chaillot. However, some of the most impressive and utterly fascinating bottles of the lineup are Gilles' bottlings from the margins of the Cornas appellation. There's the Nouvelle R, a vineyard that sits above the amphitheater of Cornas and had never been planted before because historically, people worried about the grape achieving proper ripeness. And, there's today's offering, Les Peyrouses, a bottling where half of the vines date back to the 1870s-1900s.


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Organic