By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2010 | Send Email
When not ready for a full-blown Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I will often reach for a bottle of polished, reliable Gigondas, one of my very favorite Southern Rhone appellations. One venerable estate that has been turning out wonderful garrigue-scented Grenache-based reds for over 700 years (!) is Domaine Les Pallières, now under the capable aegis of new co-owners Kermit Lynch and Daniel Brunier of Vieux-Telegraphe. The 2006 vintage, although hardly as heralded as the highly-regarded 2007s, produced some seriously good wines— rapturous red fruit ballasted by exotic spice and silky tannins, a textured, generous Gigondas that will embellish a simple tourtière of ground beef, potatoes and onions.