2014 Les Pallières Gigondas "Terrasse du Diable" Rouge
Not far from the ancient Roman center of Gigondas lies Domaine Les Pallières, a treasure of the southern Rhône whose striking terroir has long been known to produce some of the most elegant wines of the appellation. The mistral-swept landscape is defined by the spectacular Dentelles de Montmirail, the vertical limestone outcrops deeply embedded in Provençal lore. Nestled against the Dentelles’ northern slopes, Pallières is blessed with a unique microclimate. This cuvée mainly consists of Grenache from terraced vineyards up to 400 meters in altitude—a topography that distinguishes Gigondas from other crus of the Rhône and also ranks high within the appellation, so to speak. It ferments spontaneously before being racked by gravity to old foudres for a long élevage, then is bottled unfiltered. The result is a deep, velvety red that exudes the essence of Provence, recalling black cherry and réglisse with a stony tension that will hold it together for many years.