Guillaume Gilles learned to make wine from the great Robert Michel, and also had some instruction from JL Chave. He now makes wine in Michel's historic cellar and produces wine there using the same traditional methods (no or little de-stemming, natural farming, long fermentations, aging in large neutral vessels, no fining and no filtration). His top vineyard, too, comes from the Michel legacy: a patch of old vines high up the slope of the great Chaillot.
What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...
This is the grand wine of this tiny domaine. The vines are situation on the higher slopes of the Chaillot vineyard. The “terroir” is more complex here with a mixture of soil types and expositions. There are terraces of pure granite that are oriented east – southeast; then, these are supplemented by terraces that sit on a clay-limestone base that have a full southern exposure. The grapes are never destemmed, the cuvaison is long (30 days) and the elevage is in demi-muids for eighteen months. As with the other wines of the domaine, this wine is neither fined nor filtered.
Earthy , Rich , Spicy