To the north of the Dentelles de Montmirail, in the commune of Gigondas, at a place called Les Pallières (formerly known as “Pallière”), each row of vines is a level curve. The countryside has a rare charm. Working in the middle of this fabulous garden of vines, doing everything possible to extract from this exceptional terroir the Gigondas we want! Les Pallières is a little paradise on earth. Whoever arrives in this magical place for the first time inevitably falls in shock. The countryside has an astonishing charm: the 25 hectares of vines are grouped in hillsides around the buildings and are dotted with cherry trees, fig trees, olive trees, peach trees, walnut trees in addition to the many trees that make up the surrounding forest. The charm of this place lies in the successful marriage between cultures and the southern forest composed mainly of pines and oaks. The estate owns 110 hectares of it, which constitutes a belt of protection for the vineyard. But the portrait would not be complete without mentioning the source which, all year round, supplies the pools and brings the touch of freshness which, during the summer months, is transformed into pure magic.
Despite being riper and more concentrated than the Terrasse du Diable bottling, the 2017 Gigondas Les Racines shares a similarly edgy structure. Potent raspberry fruit is delivered on a full-bodied, richly textured palate that finishes crisp and a bit jagged. Give it a couple of years in the cellar, and it should be fine for drinking over the next 10 years. [93-95 Points, Joe Czerwinski – August, 2019, robertparker.com]