Killer Cornas from Guillaume Gilles
Guillaume Gilles is a young winemaker located in the southernmost end of the Northern Rhone in Cornas. He produces wine in a traditional manner with minimal destemming, use of indigenous yeasts, and aging in old demi-muids and casks. It also helps that Guillaume Gilles tends a prime parcel in the Chaillot vineyard. Simply put, all three of these wines exhibit personality and taste so good that they deserve a place in your cellar. The quality of the wine comes out after several hours of air but each of these wines should really be cellared. Buy all that you can afford. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Guillaume Gilles, Les Peyrouses, Cotes du Rhone – $25
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced equally from 100 year old and young vines which were 25% destemmed then aged for 12 months in large, used oak casks. Alcohol 14%. The nose was perfumed with deep, sexy aromas of complex red fruit. In the mouth were ripe, citric red fruit flavors, mineral notes, and strong tannins. With air the citrus note persists but the flavors become creamier though still bright. There is a rugged note from the structure in the finish and aftertaste. ***(*) Now-2025.
2012 Guillaume Gilles, Cuvee Olivia, La Combe de Chaillot, Cornas – $35
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced that was 67% destemmed then aged for 12 months in large, used oak casks. Alcohol 14%. The nose was perfumed with cardamon like aromas. In the mouth the black and red fruit was focused with granite-like minerals and pure acidity. There was a cool aspect to this wine with defined flavor and exotic dry, spices. Even the spiced tannins in the aftertaste are attractive. Engaging now but give it several years. ***(*) 2018-2028+.
2012 Guillaume Gilles, Cornas – $40
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vines planted in the 1970s and 1950s. The fruit was whole cluster fermented then aged for 18 months in a mixture of large, old oak casks. Alcohol 14%. The shy nose of ripe roses hints at the dark red, creamy fruit. This is a young wine but after many hours the beautiful flavors come out to play. This is a lovely, weighty wine that develops some fat and salt which complements the vintage perfume flavor. It has a strong structure with very fine, dry tannins yet it remains fresh. **** 2020-2030+.