When Robert Michel, a long-time vigneron in Cornas, decided to retire after the 2006 vintage, he leased his prime parcel in the Chaillot vineyard to Guillaume Gilles, a young vigneron resident in Cornas who, it turns out was Michel’s protégé.
He works his vineyards by hand, ages his wine in old demi-muids and bottles without fining or filtering, 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.
Les Peyrouses: This wine, feral and exciting, is from an old vines parcel on the flats in Cornas. The soil is sand and clay overlain with large “galet” stones. The vinification is the same as is used for the more prestigious wines of the cellar. Best described as a “mini-Cornas” (100% Syrah).