94 points Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2016 De-La (100% Syrah) is a Côte Rôtie masquerading as a Côtes Catalanes. Sporting a vibrant purple color as well as a beautiful nose of blueberries, black raspberries, violets, game, and exotic flowers, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, incredibly polished and pure, has ultra-fine tannin and a great finish. It’s as classy and elegant as they come and is a sensational expression of Syrah. It will keep for 15+ years. It’s a step up over the 2015 and the finest vintage of this cuvée to date."
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."