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.
This is an impressive, solid wine, full of black layered fruits and oozing a velvety richness. It possess a richer body than its sibling with a lovely succulent finish.
Especially good with lamb, veal or beef, either cooked or grilled. Also offers a great match to many strong cheeses.