92+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Cotes Catalans De-La and this blend of 100% Syrah comes all from the granite soils around the towns of Lesquerde and Tevillach. Vinified in concrete tank and aged in a combination of tank and demi-muid (20% new), it has a terrific bouquet of black raspberry, garrigue, toasted spice and crushed rock to go with a medium-bodied, supple, elegant and beautifully pure style on the palate. Give it another year or two and drink bottles through 2023."
Vinous Reverie Notes
De-Là means “here and there,” a reference to the sourcing of the grapes for this cuvée of Syrah from vineyards on sandy, granite soils near the villages of Lesquerde and Trévillach in the northern Roussillon: La Cayrole where Syrah is plated at 315-325m on granite and gneiss soils, La Loubatiere at 530-540m where the soils are sandy, white granite, and La Sarrat d’Axinels a 0.8 hectare vineyard that Gilles considers his grand cru. Sarrat is a undulating east-facing hillside of rocky white granite soils at an elevation of 535-550m. The more exposed part of this site is the source for Boreal while vines planted in the hollow are used in De-Là. Fermented in concrete and aged in tank and demi-muid, the temptation would be to call this the St-Joseph to the Hermitage of Boreal but you’d be hard-pressed to find a St-Joseph as good as this. The analogy sort of works in theory, as the wine is a more immediate, open-knit and floral expression of Syrah.