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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|
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch