2006 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas

SKU #1052152 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Complex nose offers scents of strawberry, raspberry, fresh flowers, minerals and Asian spices. Focused and pure, reminiscent of a serious Burgundy, with sweet red berry flavors and a firming note of cherry skin. Silky tannins add focus to the long, sappy finish.  (2/ 2009)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2010  | Send Email
While not a Chateuneuf, this Gigondas really delivers, with lots of dark berries, exotic spices and while the tannis are present, they are by no means overwhelming, in fact they're quite velvety. Try with pork of lamb chops, or with any wintery dish.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2010  | Send Email
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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.
Top Value!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2010  | Send Email
The 2006 Les Pallieres Gigondas is a ready to dink Rhone that offers nice and soft flavors of bright dark and red fruits that are intermixed with delicious spice components. To top this off, this Gigondas is elegant and a pleasure to drink. Great with meats or fowl.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/26/2010  | Send Email
To quote Jacques "its really beautiful...I like it a lot!" Medium bodied, this '06 Gigondas is upfront with its ripe red fruit and spice without being over the top and jammy. What is truly memorable about this wine is the smooth silky texture that one typically does not find in Gigondas.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 8/17/2010 
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At the 23.99 club price, this has to be the best "drink-now" Gigondas value on the market. After 30 minutes decanting, it transforms into an ultra-smooth wine packed with the dark fruit and leathery/gamey flavors that we know and love in this region. After a glass of this, I asked myself: "Why not buy more of the excelent 05 and 06 vintages, which are selling off at a dramatic rate due to the early buzz of 2007?"
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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5