The latest from Les Pallieres in Gigondas
The wines of Domaine Les Pallieres were amongst the first Gigondas that I cut my teeth on during university. They came back to my attention with the 1998 vintage, of which there were so many great Southern Rhone wines available at MacArthur Beverages. The two cuvees Terrasse du Diable and Les Racines are relatively newer constructs in the history of this domaine. While both of these are Grenache based wines, the former uses fruit from younger vines located on several vineyards. The later is produced using the oldest vines which are located around the winery and cellar.
The 2012 Les Pallieres, Terrasse du Diable, Gigondas packs a punch with a structure not unusual for traditional Gigondas. It is a good wine but not as memorable as the 2012 Les Pallieres, Les Racines, Gigondas. Produced from the oldest vines, Les Racines exhibits not only more depth and weight but also impeccable balance. True it also has a significant structure but this creamy, mineral, and fat accented wine leaves you wanting to drink more. With both cuvees priced the same I highly recommend you purchase Les Racines but make sure you age it for at least several more years. These wines were purchased from MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Les Pallieres, Terrasse du Diable, Gigondas – $37
This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Clairette. Alcohol 14.5%. The wine was very bright and creamy showing very focused ripe black and blue fruit. It is supported by a very fine structure through the expansive finish. With air it continues to show clean fruit, some saltiness, and a smacking finish. Ultimately, this wine packs quite a structure as compared to the fruit. *** 2020-2030.
2012 Les Pallieres, Les Racines, Gigondas – $37
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and Cinsault, and 5% Clairette. Alcohol 14.5%. This sported lower lying focused and deep black fruit. The flavors were creamy and enlivened by a Big-Red flavored tannins in the finish. This clean, textured wine had fruit matched perfectly with the fine tannins and integrated acidity. With air it showed very good weight, fat, and a minerally finish. **** 2020-2035.