Les Pallières Terrasse du Diable 2007 (92pts) appears in this renowned top 100 at the 67th rank.
Polished and pure, with delicious layers of plum sauce, braised fig and melted licorice that glide through the dense but silky-textured finish. hints of graphite and incense lurk in the background. Long with buried minerality. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2015. 92 pts.
(90% grenache and 5% each of mourvedre and clairette) Rubyred. Pungent smoky aromas of cherry, black raspberry, spicecake and flowers, plus a strong mineral undertone. Round and velvety on entry, the firmer in the middle, offering juicy red berry and cherry flavors with repeating smokiness. Impressively energetic on the finish, which echoes the red fruit and spice notes. I\’d keep my hands off this wine for at least another five years. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley CA) 91
16/20. Un nez aux arômes de cerises en alcool, éphémère, moelleux en bouche avec des fruits confits, un boisé fin et élégant, au corps riche et plein, des tanins puissants, belle complexité en finale.
The sensational 2007 Gigondas Les Terraces de Diable reveals gloriously sweet black cherry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, loamy soil, and roasted herbs. With terrific fruit density, a full-bodied richness, and striking elegance and precision, it should drink well for 15 or more years.
Partners Daniel Brunier and Kermit Lynch impeccably run this estate. I should also give a nod to Kermit Lynch’s latest musical endeavor, his brilliant CD called Man’s Temptation, which I highly recommend (particularly the song Gare de Lyon). Les Pallieres 2008s are two of the finest Gigondas I tasted in what is a very mediocre vintage for that appellation.
91-94 Deep red. Intensely perfumed aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, minerals and fresh flowers. There\’s a Burgundian delicacy and focus here that are really intriguing. Sweet red berry flavors stain the palate without conveying any impression of undue weight. Finishes with outstanding clarity and spicy length. This new cuvee is sourced from 50-year-old vines in the estate\’s highest-altitude site.