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2018 Domaine les Pallieres "Terrasse du Diable" Gigondas

SKU #1538233 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable comes from yields that ended up being approximately half of the average for the estate (only 11 hectoliters per hectare). It's full-bodied, with a rich yet silky texture, ripe flavors of cherries and raspberries and a long finish that hints at clove and licorice. The exact blend for the domaine's wines was yet to be finalized when I tasted this sample, but historically, this cuvée is about 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre. Owned by the Brunier family (or Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe and American importer Kermit Lynch), Domaine Les Pallières bottles two cuvées of Gigondas each year. Terrasse du Diable comes from the higher-altitude, cooler parcels, while Les Racines originates from the plateau around the winery itself and includes the property's oldest vines. Of the two, the Diable is usually the more powerful wine, yet it never seems to lack elegance. There's also an interesting barrel-fermented rosé, produced as a Vin de France. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The fruit for this is sourced from elevated terraces (above 300m) and the depth and rich, dark cherries and plums are stunning. Rich red plums, mulberries, chocolate and plenty of tannin here. Sapid, chalky finish. A blend of 85% grenache and 15% mourvedre. 70% de-stemmed and 30% crushed with stems. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Moving to the two 2018s, the 2018 Gigondas Terrasse Du Diable is primarily Grenache that comes from higher elevation, terraced vineyards in the eastern side of the Gigondas appellation. Offering lots of spiced red fruits, dried flowers, graphite, and some obvious minerality, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has a seamless, elegant texture, and a great finish. It’s another no-brainer Gigondas from this estate to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone-Learmonth: "(large barrel, bottling June/July 2020) dark red; the nose is quietly expressive, refined, with a floral note, rose, cherry fruit. The palate is butty, grouped around knuckly content, has density, tar, work to do. The fruit and content have flair, real Gigondas nature, with menthol, laurel showing on an up close. It is racy wine, entertaining, fresh and live. This had 30% stems in it – “it was a good year for them, but we were dramatically hit by the coulure at flowering, ending up with only 14 hl/ha yields,” Daniel Brunier. From 2022-23 2042-44 Oct 2019."

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