On est en présence aussi d’un bel exemple de millésime qui met en exergue des différences notables existant entre Terrasse du Diable et Racines. Le nez de réglisse noir est déjà poli, charnel, rond et ce côté charnu ne nous quittera pas jusqu’à la fin de la dégustation ; la bouche est onctueuse, les aromes sont ceux de fruits très murs, c’est complexe et profond ; les tanins sont équilibrés, presque poudreux et aériens. En fin de bouche la sensation de réglisse revient, c’est charnu, velouté, fin et légèrement mentholé. Un très beau et classique millésime de Racines.
The domaine’s oldest vines and 80% Grenache in the blend are the fundamentals of Racines. Of the two Les Pallières bottlings, this is the one that typically is open younger in its life. The tannins are soft, and the fruit is pure and elegant. Underlying that, though, is something dark and profound – a savory character reminiscent of a tapenade. Don’t count it out as a candidate for your cellar.
95. Aromas of cassis, garrigue and redcurrants and wild raspberries. Grenache drives the palate in a long, linear and very focused style. Dense, but delicate, with a fresh and juicy, raspberry-pastry finish. The vines are 80+ years old. Striking power and focus. Drink or hold.
92-94. More blackcurrants, black cherries, earth, and leafy, peppery herb aromas emerge from the 2017 Gigondas Les Racines, which is more closed and backward yet has plenty of depth and concentration. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age.
93-95. Despite being riper and more concetrated 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.
**** (large barrel, bottling June 2019) steady red robe; the nose is aromatic, nicely wide and quietly persistent, floral, gracious, comes with snippets of licorice, sparks of menthol, smokiness. The palate has a broad debut, good heart, fills the palate with some silk in the texture, develops pebbly tannins, with a chewy aspect on them. It is more complete, profound than the Terrasses 2017, the length assured. It can make progress quietly, gradually. The tannins remind me a bit of 2013, though it’s more elegant than 2013. Good local ID here; take your time with it. 14.8°.
From 2022. 2040-43
94-95. Brambly, red fruit in this grenache-driven Gigondas (80 per cent) and there are wild herbs, dried roses and some elegant, lighter notes. Pastry-like tannins. Fluid and plush. Dense but delicate. Raspberry pastry finish. Fresh and juicy. At 250m altitude, this is lower than the Diable plot. The vines are 80+ years old. Barrel sample.
(93-95). The prospective blend of the 2017 Gigondas Les Racines is 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Full-bodied and velvety, it offers black cherry and black raspberry flavors tinged with orange zest. It’s bright and fresh despite the dark fruit, with soft tannins on the lingering finish.