If any soil was tailor-made for Syrah, it would be granite. So when Gilles Troullier came across a 0.5 ha vineyard of youngish, head-pruned Syrah outside of the village of Trevillach in the Roussillon planted on pure, sandy granite soils, he knew that the site had potential. With extensive experience in biodynamic farming and employed, at the time, by a large Rhone Valley-base négociant, Gilles had all the tools necessary to cultivate an exemplary wine from these vines. By working the soil by hand and by mule, hand-harvesting the grapes and fermenting them with natural yeast in concrete and aging the wine in large neutral barrels – both French and Austrian-made– Gilles has revealed a terroir redolent with flavors and textures one more in common with the Northern Rhône. Suitably named Boreal, in honor of the northerly winds that buffet this east-facing slope, it is a lithe and sinuous example of Syrah with a mix of meat, lavender and smoky, dark cherry fruit.
“These awesome wines are made by Gilles Troullier, who was the former winemaker/cellar master for Chapoutier’s Roussillon efforts. Now focusing on his own estate, Troullier is producing some of the most exciting wines from the region.” – Jeb Dunnuck
“Similarly perfumed and elegant compared to the 2014, the 2013 Cotes Catalanes Boreal offers Cote Rotie-like nuances of raspberries, liquid rock, violets and olive in a medium to full-bodied, ethereal, elegant package. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, it has building, polished tannin, impeccable balance and a great finish. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy through 2028. – 94 points, Wine Advocate – JD (April 2016)
The only bad thing about these new releases from Gilles Troullier is that they’re made in tiny quantities.”