Cyril Gillet,

Chateau Les Tourelles du Barrail

Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,
  • Greg Sherwood: 90


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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Les Tourelles de Barrail is the second wine which is made from a 3 hectare parcel of younger vines, 50% Cabernet and 50% Merlot which is aged in 20% Oak and 80% in tank.

Category: SKU: 01931a6925d3
In The Cellar
Maceration: Cold pre-fermentation maceration Fermentation: Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, gentle vatting. Ageing: 60% New Barrels and 40% Barrels of 3 wines Annual Production: 60,000 bottles Oenology: Antoine Medeville

In The Vineyard
Haut Barrail is a small 12 hectare estate owned by Cyril Gillet whose family bought the estate in the 1980’s and have set about renovating it entirely since then. The vineyards are on gentle slopes facing the Gironde with Clay/Limestone soils more similar to St Emilion than the Gravel of the Southern Medoc – and for this reason 70% of plantings are Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Viticulture is ‘Lutte Raisonée’ (Sustainable Viticulture), which allows the vineyards to speak but does also mean that Cyril is able to take necessary action to protect his crop.
"Mid-week drinking is usually about matching sumptuous reds and whites in the evening with whatever’s on the menu and this delicious Bordeaux petit Chateau is simply a classic must-have for the drinking rack. This second wine, Les Tourelles de Barrail is made from a 3-hectare parcel of younger vines, blending 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot which were aged in 20% French oak and 80% in stainless steel tanks. Made for accessibility and earlier drinking pleasure, this 2018 comes from the trilogy of great vintages in Bordeaux (2018, 2019, and 2020) and offers up a potent, ripe Bordeaux blend expression. In the glass there is an alluring, intense ruby garnet colour and aromatics of creamy black berry fruits, earthy black currant, salty black cherry and baked black plum compote with attractive complexing notes of caramelised roasted almonds, buttered brown toast and vanilla pod spice. The palate is plush and generous with a mouth-watering black fruited depth and intensity. Harmonious, soft textured Bordeaux reds like this are almost unrivalled for their food-friendly drinking pleasure so don’t let the small price tag put you off. Drink this now and over the next 2 to 3 years." - Greg Sherwood MW.