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2021 Vin de France Rosé “Au Petit Bonheur”

Domaine Les Pallières
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Daniel Brunier, the seasoned vigneron at the head of Les Pallières and Vieux Télégraphe, values authenticity like nobody else. It is a virtue that can be tasted across all his cuvées, and knowing Daniel, a prerequisite for any wine bearing his name on its label. It is only logical for a fourth-generation vigneron running a family domaine in a place as special, and as celebrated, as Châteauneuf’s La Crau.
      So several years ago, when Daniel told us he had made a rosé from the young vines at Les Pallières in Gigondas, we knew he was not messing around. He would never make a pop wine, nor follow the trend of mass-marketed rosés rooted in modern enology rather than terroir.
      He chose to craft it using similar methods to how he produces his Châteauneuf blanc, pressing the grapes directly after harvest and fermenting with native yeasts in used demi-muids, with malolactic fermentation occurring naturally before an unfiltered bottling. The result has density, texture, and weight on the palate, lifted by a saline freshness. Much like a fine white Burgundy, it should not be served too cold. There is a clear sense of place, along with a clear image of the man behind it, and his values. In Daniel’s words:

When we decided to create a rosé at Pallières, we had never done it before. One thing was certain: we did not want to make something that resembled all the other rosés—too technical, lacking soul and personality. The idea was to simply create a rosé we liked. We had to go against the current without knowing where that would lead us… “Au petit bonheur la chance,” as we say in France [meaning, “We’ll see where luck takes us”]. That’s the name we gave our ‘experiment,’ and for those who don’t understand the significance, it’s a beautiful idea nonetheless!

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 33% Grenache, 33% Clairette, 33% Cinsault
Appellation: Vin de France
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Les Pallières
Winemaker: Famille Brunier
Soil: Clay, limestone
Aging: Wine is fermented and aged in demi-muids
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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Inspiring Thirst

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171