2022 Gigondas, Les Racines, Domaine Les Pallières, Vignobles Brunier, Rhône

2022 Gigondas, Les Racines, Domaine Les Pallières, Vignobles Brunier, Rhône

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2022 Gigondas, Les Racines, Domaine Les Pallières, Vignobles Brunier, Rhône

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Description

This is 80% Grenache, with 15% of Syrah and Cinsault and a splash of Clairette. This high, north-west facing vineyard is protected by the Dentelles de Montmirail with the estate’s oldest vines – some over 100 years old. The nose exhibits lavender and parma violet and the tannins are very smooth with enough bite for freshness. A significant proportion of the bunches are not destemmed. This is very good indeed, oozing class.

Drink 2026 - 2040

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson MW17/20

Cask sample. Very appealing and vibrant nose, which is packed full of dark fruit, thyme and herbal notes. A rich, dense, compact palate with lavender, garrigue and firm but succulent tannins – lovely extraction. Liquorice and leather on the textured finish. Plush and structured.

Drink 2025 - 2033

Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)

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Decanter93/100

Much deeper and more expressive than the domaine’s classic cuvée, with a more herbal character on the nose, and darker in colour. Enjoyable menthol touch to the fruit. Full-bodied, juicy, with good acidity and a vinous, tense feel on the palate, and a long finish. It has a leanness to go with the juicy fruit which gives some relief in the wine. Some whole bunch in this old vine cuvée, and longer maceration. Likely to offer good value.

Drink 2023 - 2032

Matt Walls, Decanter (September 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck93-95/100

From older vines around the estate, the 2022 Gigondas Les Racines is 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Cinsault, aged two years in foudre. It's similarly ruby-hued and reveals slightly darker aromatics of black cherries, black licorice, peppery garrigue, and crushed stone. Richer and full-bodied, with slightly more volume compared to the Diable, as well as building tannins, it's going to need 2-4 years of bottle age.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (October 2023)

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About this WINE

Vieux Telegraphe

Vieux Telegraphe

Vieux Télégraphe is one of the most renowned estates in the Southern Rhône. Blessed with the finest locations in the area on the famed La Crau plateau, there is an emphasis on terroir expression and natural winemaking. The Bruniers, who own the property, started their love affair with La Crau in 1898 and on which they now own 70ha. This plateau – a Grand Cru equivalent in Châteauneuf-du-Pape – is so reputed for several reasons. Firstly, its galets roules (pudding stones) that re-emit the heat of the sun, producing a warm microclimate ideal for even berry ripening. Beneath these lies a subsoil of clay, which counters excess heat by keeping the vines hydrated and cool. Finally, at 120m altitude, it sits higher than surrounding areas. This brings exposure to wind (notably the Mistral), which again keeps the vines cool and free from diseases (and occasionally frost).

In 2021, the domaine was lucky to have been spared the worst of the flash frost that hit the region in April. Pallières was slightly impacted, but Piedlong and La Crau both emerged unscathed. The family did, nonetheless, see a moderate drop in yield due to the rains, with Vieux Télégraphe down by about 30%. Winemaker Daniel Brunier describes the vintage as classic, breaking the long series of “solaire” vintages we’ve seen since 2015. The wines show freshness but the slow and complete ripening brought about by a later-than-usual harvest brought with it concentration of flavours and balance. Daniel believes the wines will produce some wonderful surprises throughout the course of their ageing.

Alongside their Châteauneuf properties, the Brunier family owns Domaine des Pallières in Gigondas – a mixed farming estate set within the Provençal Forest. There they were not impacted by the rains (or indeed frost) in the same way. Daniel is extremely proud of the vintage. He describes the wines as pure, linear, with more moderate levels of alcohol and showing great sophistication and balance. He believes his Racines to be one of the best he has ever made.

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Gigondas

Gigondas

Gigondas has been renowned for the quality of its wines since Roman times, although it was not really until it was classified as a Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1966 that it began to realise its potential.  It achieved AC status in 1971 and today produces some of the finest, most underrated and under-priced wines in the Rhône valley; although, for the last two of these at least, probably not for much longer.

Gigondas' 1,200-hectare of rugged vineyards are located east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, beneath the famous mountains of Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas produces sumptuous, plummy reds with a good structure and a sprinkle of pepper. It is similar to (if a touch less slick than) good Châteauneuf-du-Pape which, at its best, it can challenge and even surpass.

Made with a maximum of 80 percent Grenache, combined with at least 15 percent Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, the rest can be made of any of the varieties authorized for Côtes du Rhône – apart from Carignan. The wines can normally be broached after two to three years, while the best repay ageing for 10 years or more. The region also produces dry, Grenache-dominated rosés which are good but can sometimes lack a little vitality.

Recommended Producer: La Bastide St VincentDomaine Montirius

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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