- Domaine les Pallières
- Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
- 2017 - 2026
- Case size
Goedhuis, November 2012
Lovely spiced peppery fruit aromas. There is an excellent balance between the rich bramble fruit flavours and the striking minerally terroir mouth feel that one expects in the finest locations of Gigondas. The combination of the higher altitude of the Terrasse de Diable vineyards and 45 year old vines make a very complex wine indeed.
Robert Parker, October 2012,
The 2011 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable (85% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and a touch of Clairette) comes from the high altitude parcels of the complicated and morsellated estate of Les Pallieres. It reveals sweet raspberry and strawberry fruit intermixed with a liqueur of crushed rocks, spring flowers, bay leaf and lavender. This complex, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Gigondas should drink well for 10-15 years.
Domaine les Pallières
Just outside the village of Gigondas in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Domaine Les Pallieres is one of the oldest wine producers of the Southern Rhone. The estate is run by the Brunier family of Vieux Telegraphe fame and Kermit Lynch, one of America’s most respected wine merchants, who have invested heavily and brought this once great estate back on track. They produce two distinct lieux-dits: "Terasse du Diable" made from high-altitude wines characterised by structure and minerality and "Les Racines" made from the oldest vines around the winery which express freshness and intense fruit.
An area for red and rosé wines Gigondas has been an appellation in its own right since 1971. Though they can occasionally be more rustic, the reds are often considered a miniature version of Châteauneuf du Pape. Part of this may have to do with the same limited yield restrictions and minimum alcoholic strength (12.5 %), but they also share some of the same varieties including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Certain bottlings can be approached shortly after release, but many benefit from several years of cellaring. Like Châteauneuf du Pâpe, aged bottles of Gigondas take on appealing gamey and forest floor aromatics which make them particularly enjoyable with roast meats.