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Vieux Telegraphe's Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas "Les Racines" 2020
(Southern Rhône, France) - [JS 96-95] [VM 95] [JD 93-91]


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About the Domaine:
Domaine Les Pallières is undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône, having been within the same family since the 15th century. By 1998, with no successors, the Roux family decided to sell. A discussion over lunch between Daniel Brunier, of Vieux Télégraphe, and Kermit Lynch spontaneously turned into a plan to revive the jewel—Les Pallières. The Roux family decided to sell to the Bruniers and Kermit and the Pallières’ renaissance had begun. A focus on terroir and its potential led to a clear, new direction. Domaine Les Pallières has become a partnership among friends, a real meeting of the minds—a creative collaboration of three leading, passionate experts on the wines of the Rhône.

Technical Information

Blend: 80% Grenache 15% Syrah – Cinsault (co-planted) 5% Clairette
Appellation: Gigondas
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Les Pallières
Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
Vineyard: 65 years average
Soil: Red sandy clay, Limestone, Scree
Aging: Ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%


Ratings & Reviews

95-96 Points - James Suckling:
"Enormously deep and powerful, but the full and fine tannins hold this mighty ship on course straight into the sunset. Great forest-berry aromas, but at the finish the wild-herb character expands and expands. Excellent aging potential! A blend of 80% grenache, 8% syrah, 7% cinsault and 5% clairette."

95 Points - Vinous:
"Shimmering ruby-red. The bouquet evokes pungent cherry, dark berry, floral, licorice, black tea and smoky mineral aromas. Youthfully taut bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors show excellent depth, and a spicy touch of cracked pepper sharpens the back half. Subtly chewy tannins build on a very long, penetrating finish that leaves bitter chocolate and candied lavender notes behind. Drink 2026-2036." -JR (1/2023)

91-93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2020 Gigondas Les Racines offers a touch more opulence and breadth, with black cherry fruits as well as truffle, peppery herbs, and tapenade notes. Medium to full-bodied, textured, and also nicely structured, both of the 2020 Gigondas here are going to benefit from bottle age."

Chris Santini, Kermit Lynch:
"Intense in both color and character, the most dense and vinous I can ever remember from this cuvée. If you need proof that density can be elegant and smooth all at once, look no further. Intense, ripe peach fruit with distinguished tannins."