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2008 Gigondas “Les Racines”

Domaine Les Pallières
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The domaine’s oldest vines and 80% Grenache in the blend are the fundamentals of Racines. Of the two Les Pallières bottlings, this is the one that typically is open younger in its life. The tannins are soft, and the fruit is pure and elegant. Underlying that, though, is something dark and profound—a savory character reminiscent of tapenade.

**Extremely limited quantities, maximum four bottles per purchase**

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Grenache 15% Syrah & Cinsault, 5% Clairette
Appellation: Gigondas
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Les Pallières
Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
Vineyard: 65 years average
Soil: Red sandy clay, limestone scree
Aging: Ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.