2007 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas les Racines Vieilles Vignes 375 ml

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
Price :
$14.95
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"Very lush, with velvety-textured fig, currant paste and melted red licorice notes that glide along, while hints of Black Forest cake and hoisin sauce weave in and out. Not as dense as the Terrasse du Diable, but the range is there for cellaring. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. Drink now through 2014. 4,580 cases made." (WS)

"Even better is the 2007 Gigondas Les Racines Vieilles Vignes. Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by an extraordinary bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, licorice, crushed rocks, and flowers. Full-bodied with sensational texture, purity, and length as well as remarkable elegance and freshness, this stunning Gigondas can be enjoyed over the next 15-20 years. Bravo!

Partners Daniel Brunier and Kermit Lynch impeccably run this estate. I should also give a nod to Kermit Lynch’s latest musical endeavor, his brilliant CD called Man’s Temptation, which I highly recommend (particularly the song Gare de Lyon). Les Pallieres’ 2008s are two of the finest Gigondas I tasted in what is a very mediocre vintage for that appellation." (WA)

"Ruby-red. Ripe dark berries and kirsch on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and black tea. Rich, deep and powerful, with a distinctly ripe character to the dark fruit flavors. Fresher on the finish, which features chewy tannins and leaves smoke and licorice notes behind. This is a bit inscrutable today, hiding more than it's showing." (IWC)

PARKER 94 RATED ’07 GIG0NDAS – A SUPERB DRINKABLE WINNER AT $14.65/HALF/BOTTLES

The local Berkeley Importing company combines with the Rhones Domaine Les Pallieres to produce Les Racines which many consider the best wine of Gigondas (the area almost bordering Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Moreover, in the case of this 2007, producing a southern Rhone red as fine as many a Chateauneuf selling for double or more the price.

The wine is a typical Gigondas blend of 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Cinsault and 5% Claurette all coming for a parcel of very old vines whose average age exceeds 60 years which further adds to the quality of this red.

I can do no better in describing this fine wine then by quoting Robert Parker when he rates the wine a prestigious 94 and writes, “Even better is the 2007 Gigondas Les Racines Vieilles Vignes. Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by an extraordinary bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, licorice, crushed rocks, and flowers. Full-bodied with sensational texture, purity, and length as well as remarkable elegance and freshness, this stunning Gigondas can be enjoyed over the next 15-20 years. Bravo!”

Though I agree with Parker on nearly all the above observations --I must say that I found the wine velvety and now quite approachable and wonder about the 15-20 year period he mentions. (I visualize something more akin to 8 to 12 years). Of course, the fact that this current discount offer is in ½ bottles may help explain its earlier maturity. (As least somewhat).

PRICE: $14.95/half bottle

RATTING: 93/94

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)