2011 Domaine Gilles Troullier L'Esprit du Temps Cotes Catalanes [WA94]


Producer: Domaine Gilles Troullier 
Region: Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 
Varietal: 100% Grenache 
Year: 2011 

Retail Price: $50.00 
Sale Price: $29.99* 

Wine Advocate, 94 Points 

"Looking first at his Grenache cuvee, the 2011 VDP Cotes Catalanes L’Esprit du Temps (100% Grenache from vines planted in 1930, aged 12 months in demi-muid) is beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness, fine, silky tannin and a rock star finish. Possessing loads of kirsch, strawberry, leather, garrigue and hints of violets, it is an elegant, seamless and perfectly balanced Cotes Catalanes that will evolve gracefully for at least 10-15 years. 

These awesome wines are made by Gilles Troullier, who was the former winemaker/cellar master for Chapoutier’s Roussillon efforts. Now focusing solely on his own estate, he’s producing some of the most exciting wines from the region." 

About the Producer: 

"Having labored for a decade in near anonymity at Domaine Bila-Haut, Gilles Troullier, a native of the Rhône, and an expert in biodynamic farming has been liberated from his contractual relationship with his former employer. How a scattered four hectares of vines represented a threat to a wine empire seems curious, but at least we can now give Gilles the attention he so rightfully deserves. His vineyards are located in the northern region of the Roussillon in a sub-zone formerly made famous by the fortified wine, Maury. As tastes have moved away from these sweeter styles of wine there was a brief moment when vineyards in the area were favorably priced – especially considering the range of terroirs: limestone, schist and granite, the elevation of the vineyards and the average age of the vines. This was the opportunity that brought Gilles Troullier to the Roussillon. 

Ripeness in the Roussillon has never been a problem. The struggle is how to achieve balance in such a warm, dry climate. Biodynamics plays an important role but great wine is not solely a creation of the vineyard. Hand harvesting, indigenous fermentations and a preference for large, neutral aging vessels as well as an approach that seeks infusion rather than extraction are human decisions that result in balanced, vigorous and fresh wines. They not only transmit varietal characteristics but the minerality of the soil as well. Gilles is a ruthless perfectionist and will skip a vintage if the wine doesn’t meet his exacting standards – in 2010 he didn’t make L’Esprit du Temps and in 2011 he skipped Boreal. Apart from his white wine, L’Imprévue which is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Gris, each cuvée represents a single varietal from a specific terroir. Each is a perfect snapshot in time of a unique place." 

Age of Vines: 80+ years 
Soil: Schist, clay limestone 
Altitude: 230-285 meters 
Fermentation: Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in concrete tank 
Aging: 12 months in a 600L French oak demi-muid or in a larger Stockinger foudre depending on the vintage 

Practicing organic and biodynamically gro. 

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