October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
The sunny 2015 vintage truly allowed the relatively cool terroir at Pallières to shine. Facing north at high elevation, these vineyards enjoy a freshness that is welcome relief in hotter years.
“Les Racines” epitomizes the warm embrace of Provençal sunshine; this velvet cushion of fragrant black cherry and réglisse offers the satisfying richness that only ancient, organically farmed Grenache can provide.
|Blend:||80% Grenache 15% Syrah – Cinsault (co-planted) 5% Clairette|
|Winemaker:||Kermit Lynch, 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|
Domaine Les Pallières is undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône, having been within the same family since the 15th century. By 1998, with no successors, the Roux family decided to sell. A discussion over lunch between Daniel Brunier, of Vieux Télégraphe, and Kermit Lynch spontaneously turned into a plan to revive the jewel—Les Pallières. The Roux family decided to sell to the Bruniers and Kermit and the Pallières’ renaissance had begun. A focus on terroir and its potential led to a clear, new direction. Domaine Les Pallières has become a partnership among friends, a real meeting of the minds—a creative collaboration of three leading, passionate experts on the wines of the Rhône.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
Inspiring Thirst, page 236