I've sung the praises of Guillaume Gilles for some time now. While the 2015 Cornas release marked a turning point for the domaine where quantities were allocated due to overflow of demand, I've been able to sneak in what's actually the rarest wine of the domaine, coming from the very oldest vines. The Les Peyrouses sees about 30 cases arrive to the US each year, and although this 100% Syrah carries a humble Vin de France label, it's actually poured after the Cornas when Guillaume tastes with visitors. 

Today, I'm very happy to offer the rarest of the monumental 2015's from Guillaume Gilles, the Les Peyrouses for $58 per bottle.

Les Peyrouses is a small parcel containing vines planted over 100 years ago. Unlike the granitic soils of the terraced slopes of Cornas above, this lower portion is planted on sandy and clay soils scattered with the iconic galet stones from the plain of the river. Peyrouses is akin to the more rustic country cousin of Gilles' Cornas cuvée - But, these extremely old vines create an intensely concentrated wine that leads Guillaume to pour as the finalé during visits. 

There's no producer in the Northern Rhone that continues to raise the bar each vintage like Guillaume Gilles. His 2008 was a showstopper for me at the time of release, impressing for an authenticity of Syrah that grabbed ahold of me immediately. In his 2015's, all of those savage Syrah character traits show an impact like I've never seen before: smokey bacon, cardamom, licorice, black olive tapenade, and black cherry fruit make up the core of the Les Peyrouses.

The 2015 sees 75% whole cluster fermentation, with aging split between neutral 600-liter and 400-liter casks. As is the standard with Gilles' Syrah this is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Guillaume trained under Jean-Louis Chave and the now-retired Cornas legend, Robert Michel. Today he farms just 2.5 hectares with Les Peyrouses accounting for the smallest parcel. The amount imported rose over the years from 3 cases to now about 30 for the entire US. If you love traditional Northern Rhone Syrah this is one secret old-vine cuvée from the region's brightest young start not to be missed!

24x 2015 Guillaume Gilles Les Peyrouses VDF
$58 per bottle.

Also available:

55x 2015 Guillaume Gilles Cornas
$83 per bottle.

3x 2015 Guillaume Gilles Cornas 1.5L
$179 per bottle.

6x 2014 Guillaume Gilles Cornas
$74 per bottle.

7x 2013 Guillaume Gilles Cornas
$74 per bottle.

2x 2008 Guillaume Gilles Cornas 1.5L
$169 per bottle.