Translates to terrace (or vineyard) of the Devil. Get the point? The more powerful and muscular of the two Pallieres wines but with balance. Farmed in higher altitude so there is more structured and mineral presence. It definitely needs a good decant before consumption and please accompany with food. It's great to see such highly publicised wines puling through in the quality stakes (unlike many). - Chris L
Domaine Les Pallières is undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône; outside the village of Gigondas, woven into the foothills of the beautiful and brooding Dentelles de Montmirail. The domaine had been a continuously running farm within the same family since the fifteenth century! Les Pallières was once a famous domaine with wines of impeccable character, yet the property had slowly fallen into disrepair. Two great frosts of the twentieth century had killed off many of the olive and fruit trees, and both the winery and the vineyards were badly in need of repairs. By 1998, the Roux brothers wanted to make a change. With no future successors to take their place, they decided to sell.
The Brunier brothers, Daniel and Frédéric, of the famed Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, were rising stars in the Southern Rhône at the time, having distinguished themselves time and time again with world class wines. A casual discussion over lunch at Chez Panisse between Daniel and Kermit Lynch, the Brunier's longtime American importer, spontaneously turned into a game plan to revive the faded jewel; Les Pallières. Though the competition to buy the domaine was fierce with very reputable names in the mix, the Roux brothers finally decided to sell to the Bruniers and Kermit. After decades of neglect, Pallières' renaissance had begun.
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.
- Kermit Lynch
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