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Gigondas Les Racines by Domaine Les Pallières 2016

Gigondas Les Racines

by Domaine Les Pallières 2016

Producer : Domaine Les Pallières

Region : France (France), Southern Rhône (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Ham, Hard Cheese, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The old vines cuvee is the 2016 Gigondas Les Racines and comes from the oldest vines of the estate located around the domaine. The soils here lie around 200-300 feet in elevation and are a mix of broken limestone and clay, and the resulting wine is always blacker fruited, dense, and concentrated. Blackcurrants, black olives, exotic spices, and crushed rock notes all flow to a powerful, concentrated, tannic Gigondas that has remarkable purity and elegance. It shows the balance and freshness, as well as richness, that makes this vintage so compelling, and while it needs 2-3 years of bottle age, it's a profound, sensationally complex, layered wine readers shouldn't miss!"
96 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Sept 2018
"Very complete and complex wine that has intensity and elegance. Raspberry and rose-like perfume, this has a long, red-fruit core with dark spices wrapped deep into the heart of the palate. Detailed texture, the noble, long tannins cloaked in wild, red plums and berries. Terrific freshness here. Wow. Drink or hold."
96 points - James Suckling, Aug 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Domaine Les Pallières
Region France (France), Southern Rhône (France)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Cinsault, 5% Clairette, 80% Grenache, Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Breads, Ham, Hard Cheese, Vegetables
Descriptors Floral, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full, Medium
Price of Case $414.00

The Producer

Domaine Les Pallières

Domaine Les Pallières is undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône—outside the village of Gigondas, woven into the foothills of the beautiful and brooding Dentelles de Montmirail. The domaine had been a continuously running farm within the same family since the fifteenth century!

Les Pallières was once a famous domaine with wines of impeccable character, yet the property had slowly fallen into disrepair. Two great frosts of the twentieth century had killed off many of the olive and fruit trees, and both the winery and the vineyards were badly in need of repairs. By 1998, the Roux brothers wanted to make a change. With no future successors to take their place, they decided to sell.⁣

The Brunier brothers, Daniel and Frédéric, of the famed Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, were rising stars in the Southern Rhône at the time, having distinguished themselves time and time again with world class wines had purchased the property. After decades of neglect, Pallières’ renaissance has begun.

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