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2011 Gigondas “Les Racines”

Domaine Les Pallières
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On a cold January morning, I stood in the Racines vineyard after a tasting at Domaine Les Pallières. Daniel Brunier, co-proprietor at Pallières, was explaining the significance of the soil types and the old-vine Grenache that make this vineyard so unique. There’s nothing like a vigneron’s words to help with your understanding of wine. Daniel said the 2011 crop was tiny, but the overall quality was outstanding. The 2011 Les Racines has a deep core of dark berry fruits, notes of licorice, or réglisse, and a concentrated texture that conveys power with silkiness. If you’re searching for greatness in Gigondas, here’s where to find it.


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

Steve Waters


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah & Cinsault, 5% Clairette
Appellation: Gigondas
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Les Pallières
Winemaker: Daniel & Frédéric Brunier
Vineyard: 15 ha, Vineyards are situated on stepped, terraced land from the lieu-dit, Les Pallières, located around the winery and cellars (at 250 meters in altitude)
Soil: Red sandy clay, limestone scree
Aging: Wine ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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