2016 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Terasse du Diable

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Ripe and fresh, with good purity to the mix of red currant and damson plum coulis flavors that stretch out against a floral and alder backdrop. Offers a pretty, piercing feel to the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Clairette. Best from 2020 through 2030. 200 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Tasted prior to its July bottling, the 2016 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is an outstanding effort. Fine garrigue nuances and piney scents bring depth and complexity to the ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, silky, long and elegant, with lingering thyme and savory notes on the finish, it shouldn't be missed." (WA)

"Brilliant ruby-red. A hugely expressive, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, potpourri and licorice, lifted by a smoky mineral overtone. Concentrated yet lively in style, showing noteworthy clarity and thrust to the cherry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors. Becomes nervier and spicier on the youthfully tannic finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity." (VM)

"Wild, garrigue herbs and dark berries in a fresh style with violets and dried roses. There’s a savory, tarry, salt-licorice edge in the mouth. Moody wine. Silky, lozenge-like, glossy and polished tannins. Dark fruit and dark chocolate with a kick of bitter herbs. Finishes with impressive freshness and effortless depth. Charming. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The finest vintage to date is unquestionably the 2016 Gigondas Terrasses de Diable, which is the usual blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It offers classic framboise, limestone-like minerality, white flowers, pepper, and Asian spices in its full-bodied, seamless, incredibly pure personality. With no hard edges, ultra-fine tannins, perfect balance, and a great finish, it's a sensational Gigondas to drink over the coming decade or more." (JD)

Winery Notes:
• Grapes are sourced from lieux-dits Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières, and Terrasse du Diable

• Traditional fermentation lasts 25-30 days in temperature-controlled cement cuves and wooden vats

• Wine ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 12 months

• Wine is bottled unfiltered and is released two years after the harvest

• “Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the higher altitudes that express great structure and intense minerality