2018 Domaine Les Pallières “Terrasse du Diable”, Gigondas, Southern Rhone, France

2018 Domaine Les Pallières “Terrasse du Diable”, Gigondas, Southern Rhone, France

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The 2018 release marks the twentieth vintage since the Brunier brothers and Berkeley importer Kermit Lynch purchased the 500-year-old Les Pallières domaine in Gigondas. What a stupendous vintage to mark the occasion! The growing season allowed for only measly yields—by far the lowest in twenty years. However, these low yields were of exceptional health with the organically farmed, old vines instinctively giving their all to bolster the few remaining clusters. The 2018s have a sap-like quality, with verve, concentration and length that only comes from diligently farmed, high quality fruit and meticulous care at every step of winemaking. In twenty years, Les Pallières has never looked so good. Here’s to twenty more!

• Property is located at the extreme north of the appellation, with primarily a northern exposure.
• All vineyards are organically farmed
• Selective, hand harvesting and sorting
• Grapes are partially de-stemmed and pressed gently by pneumatic press
• Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts
• Wine ages in cement tanks for 10 months, then in used foudres for 12 months
• Bottled unfiltered and released two years after the harvest

  • 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette. 45-year-old average vine age
  • “Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the domaine’s higher altitudes (up to 400 meters) that express great structure and intense minerality.

“The 2018 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable comes from yields that ended up being approximately half of the average for the estate (only 11 hectoliters per hectare, or the equivalent of a miserly ¾ ton per acre). It’s full-bodied, with a rich yet silky texture, ripe flavors of cherries and raspberries and a long finish that hints at clove and licorice. 2020-2030” – Barrel sample (93-95)  points, Wine Advocate August 2019

 

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