This release marks an important milestone for Les Pallières, being the twentieth vintage completed since the Brunier brothers and Kermit purchased the domaine and set about its renaissance. What a vintage to mark the occasion! On the one hand, climatic conditions of the growing season only allowed for a measly yield, by far the lowest in those twenty years—or possibly ever. On the other hand, the ridiculously low yields were of exceptional health, with the old vines instinctively giving their all to save the few remaining grapes. The 2018s contain a sap-like quality, a primordial vitality and energy, as if the vines were loading berry and seed with their full history and knowledge. You could consider this vintage a sort of direct line to the essence and soul of Terrasse du Diable and Racines—the land, the history, and the people that make the domaine what it is. In twenty years, Les Pallières has never looked so good. Here’s to twenty more.
Intense in both color and character, the most dense and vinous I can ever remember from this cuvée. If you need proof that density can be elegant and smooth all at once, look no further. Intense, ripe peach fruit with distinguished tannins.
Much mystique remains in the Terrasse du Diable. On the surface is an abundance of violets and velvet, amid a cooling sensation of a cold spring on a hot day. Below the surface lurks a bitter austerity, and hints of layers of surprises to be revealed over time.
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