2017 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Terasse du Diable

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$29.95
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BEST PRICE IN THE COUNTRY AND A VERY RARE GEM INDEED!

"Singed cedar and dried garrigue notes frame a core of gently mulled plum and blackberry fruit, with a sanguine accent curling around the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Clairette. Drink now through 2027. 600 cases imported. -James Molesworth" (WS)

"From a cool site at 300-400 meters above sea level, the 2017 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre. It boasts knockout aromas of violets, garrigue and purple raspberries, with an undercurrent of black cherries. It's full-bodied and concentrated, with bright, crunchy acids. The overall impression is of a wine with sharper edges than the harmonious 2016 or 2018. Cellar it a couple of years and then enjoy it over the following decade.

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)

"Vivid magenta. Highly perfumed red fruit preserve, potpourri and exotic spice scents show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry, lavender pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a smoky mineral note, displaying silky tannins and wonderful, floral-driven persistence." (VM)

"Lots of violets and blue fruit with cinnamon and dark stony aromas. Baking spices, too. On the palate, there’s black fruit and an attractive, bitter-herb kick, with very dense tannins and a powerful, compressed feel. Lithe, juicy blue-fruit finish. Very focused, dense and long. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Also not yet bottled, the 2017 Gigondas Terrasses Du Diable is rocking stuff and has a mouthwatering sense of salinity and minerality as well as the classic kirsch, garrigue, and peppery aromas this cuvée always possesses. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and nicely concentrated, with ripe tannins, it's going to keep for 15 years 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