2017 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"This has a dark and winey profile, with steeped fig and black currant fruit, tightly wrapped in sage, licorice root, roasted apple wood and gunpowder tea flavors. The long finish unwinds slowly, so bank on some cellaring here. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. Best from 2023 through 2032. -J.M." (WS)

"Despite being riper and more concentrated than the Terrasse du Diable bottling, the 2017 Gigondas Les Racines shares a similarly edgy structure. Potent raspberry fruit is delivered on a full-bodied, richly textured palate that finishes crisp and a bit jagged. Give it a couple of years in the cellar, and it should be fine for drinking over the next 10 years.

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. " (WA)

"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Deeply pitched, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and cherry liqueur, garrigue and incense pick up an energizing mineral nuance with air. Plush and expansive in the mouth, offering impressively concentrated black/blue fruit, licorice and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end power. Becomes sweeter as the wine opens up and finishes extremely long, with youthfully chewy tannins and lingering spiciness." (VM)

"Aromas of cassis, garrigue and redcurrants and wild raspberries. Grenache drives the palate in a long, linear and very focused style. Dense, but delicate, with a fresh and juicy, raspberry-pastry finish. The vines are 80+ years old. Striking power and focus. Drink or hold." (JS)

"More blackcurrants, black cherries, earth, and leafy, peppery herb aromas emerge from the 2017 Gigondas Les Rancins, which is more closed and backward yet has plenty of depth and concentration. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age." (JD)

Winery Notes:
• Vineyards are situated on stepped, terraced land from the lieu-dit, Les Pallières, located around the winery and cellars (at 250 meters in altitude)

• 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 7-9 months

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

• Finished cuvée showcases the vineyard parcels around the domaine with the oldest vines—with the emphasis on freshness and extravagant cornucopian fruit