2018 Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Terasse du Diable

Year: 2018
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93-95
James Suckling: 92-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$34.95

BEST PRICE IN THE COUNTRY AND A VERY RARE GEM INDEED!

"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." (WA)

"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." (JS)

"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." (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