Gilles Paris – 2019


Gilles & Amandine Paris 2020 Domaine Gilles ParisTasted with Gilles & Amandine Paris in Chiroubles, 23 February 2021.

Domaine C G Paris
Les Genets
69115 Chiroubles
Tel: +33 6 87 56 91 48
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Gilles on 2019 and a little 2020:
In 2019 we had less yield than in 2018 – overall we were down to around 30 hl/ha. The 2019s have started very fruity, unlike the 2018s, which are only just now starting to soften a little. I’d say that the 2020s resemble more the 2019s than they do the 2018s.

The wines…

Gilles had some wine in tank in Fleurie but due to the timing of my next visit, it wasn’t possible to make the trip to taste – but what a great range here – much worth a special search…

As usual, we taste the wines of Gilles and his brother:

2019 JS (Jerome) Paris, Beaujolais Villages
In Quincie – vines from parents, planted around 1970 – high altitude, ‘the last parcel that my father planted. Once the maximum you could expect here was about 10.5° – today, seemingly no problem for 12° or more – I don’t think my father would ever have believed that you could make wine from here without chaptalisation.’
Medium colour – a lovely aromatic freshness – open red fruit and a little salinity – very attractive. Fresh attack, mouth-watering, open and lovely purity of flavour – not a concentrated wine but an absolutely delicious wine – that’s super. Long finishing too – bravo villages.
2018 JS Paris (Jerome), Régnié Les Forchets
More colour. Fresh and aromatic, indeed perfumed – depth of aroma too – a great invitation. So mouth-watering, mouth-filling but never heavy – treading this line with style. Holding a stone-fruit finish that’s long and moreish. That’s an excellent wine, practically great Regnié.
2019 CG (Gilles) Paris, Fleurie Le Clos
Third vintage of conversion to organic
A little extra colour again. Extra perfume and rounder – it’s a comforting, nose, really special – and like this each year. A hint of gas, a fine base of tannin but of no grain, Here there’s structure and depth of flavour – concentration without density. A wave of concentrated, slightly tannic finishing flavour – that’s a great Fleurie – Bravo.

2019 CG (Gilles) Paris, Fleurie Lieu-Dit Champagne
Here there was frost so only 20 hl/ha was the result.
Less depth of colour. A different style but with an equally perfumed nose – a depth of perfume that’s accented with some barrel. In the mouth, the barrel is more overt – but with cool fruit and a faint grain of tannin that supports. Lovely fresh finishing – this will be excellent though despite the low yields not as seemingly concentrated as Le Clos. Delicious and excellent but wait 12-18 months…

2019 CG (Gilles) Paris, Chiroubles Terroir
Vines of 300-350m altitude with an all tank elevage.
Medium coloured of clarity too. Different again, vibrant, darker fruit, high tones, almost a pyrazine but floral. Fresh, direct, with a graphite minerality – there’s tons of easy complexity here and if you don’t note pyrazines you’ll find this completely delicious – a super finish here wide and super.

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