Domaine Guillaume Gilles

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Cornas, Northern Rhône
People: Guillaume Gilles, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Domaine Guillaume Gilles 2016 Cornas AOC Login AG 92 In Stock



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Instagram: @gilles_cornas

When long-time Cornas vigneron Robert Michel decided to retire after the 2006 vintage, he leased his prime parcel in the Chaillot vineyard to his young protégé, Guillaume Gilles. Along with these prized vines, Michel also passed down his cave, and with it a history rich with winemaking tradition and expertise.

Guillaume Gilles believes that Cornas is at its best when one follows the most traditional of paths. Like Michel, he eschews the destemmer (in virtually all cases), works his vineyards by hand, ages his wine in old demi-muids and bottles without fining or filtering. His Cornas is as it should be: brawny, sometimes austere, profound, sauvage. He cultivates his vineyards with an organic philosophy and his wines are made using the natural yeasts from his grapes. He produces three wines, two of which are in excruciatingly limited supply.

Reviews

  • Guillaume Gilles 2016 Cornas AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/4/2019)

    Smoke- and spice-accented cherry liqueur, blueberry and violet scents are complicated by hints of olive paste and cured meat. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit, bitter chocolate and licorice flavors and a spicy touch of cracked pepper. The meaty quality comes back on the finish, which shows solid thrust, strong persistence and well-knit tannins.