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Domaine Gilles Troullier L'Esprit du Temps 2011

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L'Esprit du Temps is a cuvée of pure Grenache from two sites of old-vines on schist and limestone soils near the villages of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet and Latour de France - both within the historic borders of Maury. This cuvée, however, is a far cry from those rich, fortified, and fabled dessert wines, as it shows the deft vineyard and cellar work of Gilles. He captures the intensity of the terroir while coxing an elegant and nuanced aspect of these ancient Grenache vines. Farmed biodynamically and harvested by hand, Gilles ferments L'Esprit du Temps in a concrete tank with indigenous yeasts before aging the wine in a single 600L neutral French oak demi-muid or a slightly larger Stockinger fuder - depending on the volume of the vintage.
Category Wine
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Appellation Cotes Catalanes
Brand Domaine Gilles Troullier
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Wine AdvocateLooking 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.

Jeb Dunnuck, February 26, 2014