Magnum: Gigondas Terrasse du Diable 2015, Pallieres
Dark and focused, with cassis, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors spliced together, racing along atop mouthwatering bramble, lavender and rosemary accents. A bright iron streak pierces the finish, adding lift and range. Best from 2019 through 2027.
LOCATION: terraces in the most northerly reaches of the appellation, in the lieux-dits of Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières and Terrasse du Diable. This selection comes from parcels at an altitude of 250-400 metres. Most are small, isolated plots surrounded by woodland. AREA: the domaine consists of a single 334-acre estate comprising 62 acres of vineyards and 272 acres of pine and oak. Grapes from about 40% of the plantings go into the “Terrasse du Diable” blend.
SOIL AND SUBSOIL: the vineyard has been built mainly into single-row terraces, to cope with the very steep slopes. The soil, which is partly covered by limestone rock slides from the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, is very shallow and sits on a highly compact layer of red clay.
The higher you go, the greater the proportion of scree. GRAPE VARIETIES: 90% Grenache noir, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette. VINE AGE: 45 years on average. VINIFICATION: grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sort in the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming, followed by 25-30 days’ traditional fermentation in temperatur econtrolled concrete and wood vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.
MATURATION: 20 months in French oak foudres (60 hl). Bottled unfined and unfiltered, then released at 2 years.
PERSONALITY AND AGEING: when young, the “Terrasse du Diable” cuvée has the minerality, freshness and spiciness of high-lying terroirs. The best vintages can age for more than 20 years.
Beef, Game, Casseroles
Grenache, Clairette, Mourvedre
Domaine Les Pallieres