2018 Domaine Palon Vacqueyras

Year: 2018
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"An outstanding effort, and already bottled, the 2018 Vacqueyras is a medium-bodied, elegant wine with classy notes of assorted dark fruits, violets, earthy garrigue, and peppery spice. It shows the supple, seamless style of the vintage beautifully and is already hard to resist." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Domaine Palon is located at the foot of the “Dentelles de Montmirail” on the gentle mid-slope of Gigondas. This is a very small domaine with only 7 hectares in Gigondas and 5 hectares in Vacqueyras. The Palon family has been vignorons since the 1930’s but current owner, Sebastien Palon (4th generation) is the first to bottle the wines under their family name starting in 2003. Sebastien’s Grandfather, Jean Palon was the co-founder of the Gigondas Cave Co-operative and member of the governing board from 1956-1978. Jean-Pierre Palon, Sebastien’s father, was the president of the Cave Co-operative from 1978-2001. The wines here are pure class that highlight precision and focus. Sebastien achieves restrained power in his wines that showcase complex soil components as much as the juicy and ripe briary fruit and garrigue flavors. The wines exude balance.

75% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre & 9% Syrah; Soil here is a mixture of calcaire and clay; the Grenache is vinified and aged in cuve while the Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in foudré. Ripe raspberry nose with lots of garrigue and hints of smoke; lovely plump core of blackberry underbrush, licorice, tapenade and soil flavors through the finish.