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. You’ll taste it in “Terrasse du Diable”: full of wild energy with whiffs of garrigue and spice, this mass of wine balances on a taut wire of saline limestone minerality.
|Blend:||90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette|
|Winemaker:||Daniel & Frédéric Brunier|
|Vineyard:||45 years average, 10 ha|
|Soil:||Red sandy clay, Limestone, Scree|
|Aging:||Wine ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 12 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.
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