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2015 Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”

Domaine Les Pallières

2015 Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable” Domaine Les Pallières - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Anthony Lynch

$40.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette
Appellation: Gigondas
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Les Pallières
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
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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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

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