Domaine Les Pallières
Domaine Les Pallières, nestling in the foothills of the beautiful and brooding Dentelles de Montmirail, is
undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône.
The vineyards range from 250-400 meters in altitude, with varying proportions of sand and clay
interwoven with limestone scree descending from the Dentelles.
When the Brunier family purchased the domaine back in 1998 this great property had fallen on hard
times. Years of painstaking work in the vineyards followed. Terraces were built and reinforced, allowing
for better water retention. A new winery was built to receive the harvested parcels individually in gravityfed
tanks. Finally as the Bruniers began to fully understand the vineyards at Pallieres the many lieux-dits,
once blended into one cuvée of Gigondas, were separated into two, starting with the 2007 vintage, in
an effort to best express two remarkable personalities.
Cuvée “Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the higher altitudes that express
great structure and intense minerality. Cuvée “Les Racines” showcases the vineyard parcels surrounding
the winery—the origin of the domaine with the oldest vines—with the emphasis on freshness and
extravagant cornucopian fruit.
The tannins are now yielding and the palate is opening to show the true character of the Racines terroir. Rich and intense, delightful black fruits fill out the tight structure with soft tannins and a hint of liquorice on the finish.
Especially good with lamb, veal or beef, either cooked or grilled. Also offers a great match to many strong cheeses.
Produced from old vines (70 – 100 years old) around the Domaine house. The grapes are handpicked and partially destemmed before fermentation in concrete and oak tanks. After a period of ten months ageing in concrete vats, the wine is aged in large oak foudres for a period of ten months. It is then bottled without filtration.