About mid-summer, after acquiring a parcel of 80 year-old Grenache vines on schist soils in the vicinity of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, Gilles Troullier realized veraison would not be happening as he had originally planned for many of these vines. Instead of turning red, some bunches turned golden while other turned pink – these were not Grenache Noir vines, but Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris – thus L’Imprevue, or ” The Unanticipated” was born.
This site, La Coutib, was Gilles first purchase in the Roussillon a name that translates as “uncultivated land” since this was one of the poorest parcels in the village. It is situated at 300m on the edge of the garrigue in the foothills of the mountains that border Corbières. It faces south east and has a soil composed of schist and marl with 80 year old vines of Grenache Noir, Gris and Blanc plus a few vines of Macabeu.
Roughly equal parts of each “rogue” variety, Grenache Gris and Blanc, L’Imprevue, like all of the wines Gilles makes, comes from grapes that are biodynamically farmed, harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in a specially sourced small foudre from Mittelburger in Bolzano Italy.