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Boreal

Gilles Troullier

Boreal Bottle
Appellation
Côtes Catalanes
Variety
Syrah
Age of Vines
30
Farming
Biodynamic
Soil
Granite, sand
Altitude
550 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in concrete tank
Aging
12 months in French oak demi-muids and foudre

Overview

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.

Ratings & Reviews

94-96

2015 Boreal

Source: WA

94

2014 Boreal

Source: WA

(94-96)

2013 Boreal

Source: WA

96

2012 Boreal

Source: WA

95+

2010 Boreal

Source: WA

Roussillon, France
  • Location
    Roussillon, France
  • Appellation
    Côtes Catalanes
  • Proprietor
    Gilles Troullier
  • Winemaker
    Gilles Troullier
  • Size / Elevation
    hectares / 300–640 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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