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
“The top wine of the estate, and easily in the top handful of wines in the vintage, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Boreal will put many a top Cote Rotie to shame. Made from 100% Syrah grown on decomposed granite soils, this beauty offers an ethereal bouquet of black raspberry, olive tapenade, lavender and violets, with just a kiss of bacon fat coming through with time in the glass. Ripe, full-bodied, layered and balanced, with ripe tannin and good acidity, it can be enjoyed today with a decant, but will keep for over a decade. – 94 points, Wine Advocate – JL (April 2016) (94-96)
The only bad thing about these new releases from Gilles Troullier is that they’re made in tiny quantities.”