2017 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas$32.99
We love the Les Pallieres Gigondas; we can even go as far as saying we like these wines better than many a Chateauneuf du Pape. Les Pallieres estate has been in existence since the 15th century. After the same bad vintages and frost in the '90s, the Roux brothers who owned the estate sold it to the Daniel and Frédéric Brunier of Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape fame, and Kermit Lynch this is when the magic started.
. The vineyards range from 250-400 meters in altitude, with varying proportions of sand and clay interwoven with limestone scree descending from the Dentelles. A new winery was built to receive the harvested parcels individually in gravity-fed tanks. The estate used to produce only one wine, but starting in 2007, they started making two. "Terrasse du Diable" comes from the high altitude low yielding vines and is about 50 years old on average. The blend for this wine is 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette. The Cuvee "Les Racines" comes from 70-year-old vines that surround the winery and is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah – Cinsault (co-planted) 5% Clairette. Once the Brunier brothers and Kermit took over this Domaine, they quickly converted the property to organic viniculture; thus, the quality of these wines continues to amaze, especially for the money!
Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 pts! The 2017 Gigondas Les Racines offers a slightly darker color as well as a more powerful, black fruited style. Currants, sous bois, loamy earth, black olives, and loads of spice flow to a powerful, structured wine that shows the sunny, sexy, opulent, yet weightless style of the vintage brilliantly. It's another winner from this estate.
Jeb Dunnuck 92-94+ pts! The 2017 Gigondas Terrasses Du Diable is rocking stuff and has a mouthwatering sense of salinity and minerality as well as the classic kirsch, garrigue, and peppery aromas this cuvée always possesses. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and nicely concentrated, with ripe tannins, it's going to keep for 15 years or more.