V Telegraphe Gigondas Les Pallieres Terrase du diable 2015
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette.
Dark red robe, this refined bottle of Les Pallières Terrasse du Diable is expressive with its floral, rose and cherry notes. There is a savoury, tarry and mineral edge in the mouth. With its polished tannins, it finishes with an impressive freshness and effortless depth and density.
Tips: For those of you who can’t wait, open the Terrasse du Diable a good two to three hours before serving. Notes of black olive, licorice, mint, rosemary will fill the room once uncorked.
The terraces in the most northernly reaches of the appellation, in the lieux-dits of Poncet, Thomas, Le Pallières and Terrasse du Diable. This selection comes from parcels at an altitude of 250-400m. Most are small isolated plots surrounded by woodland. 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 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 temperature-controlled concrete and wood vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation. Muturation then occurs for 20 months in French oak foudres, bottled unrefined and unfiltered, then released at 2 years.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 94 POINTS
Vivid magenta. Highly perfumed red fruit preserve, potpourri and exotic spice scents show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry, lavender pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a smoky mineral note, displaying silky tannins and wonderful, floral-driven persistence.
Lots of violets and blue fruit with cinnamon and dark stony aromas. Baking spices, too. On the palate, there’s black fruit and an attractive, bitter-herb kick, with very dense tannins and a powerful, compressed feel. Lithe, juicy blue-fruit finish. Very focused, dense and long.
– 92 to 94 POINTS
Also not yet bottled, the 2017 Gigondas Terrasses Du Diable is rocking stuff and has a mouthwatering sense of salinity and minerality as well as the classic kirsch, garrigue, and peppery aromas this cuvée always possesses. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and nicely concentrated, with ripe tannins, it’s going to keep for 15 years or more.
91 – 93 POINTS
From a cool site at 300-400 meters above sea level, the 2017 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre. It boasts knockout aromas of violets, garrigue and purple raspberries, with an undercurrent of black cherries. It’s full-bodied and concentrated, with bright, crunchy acids. The overall impression is of a wine with sharper edges than the harmonious 2016 or 2018.
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