2007 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas Les Racines

Rating: ★★★★½

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Domaine les Pallières
Variety: Red Rhone Blend (80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Cinsaut and 5% Clairette)
Designation: Les Racines
Region: France
Sub-region: Southern Rhône, Gigondas
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $40 (Marquis – sold out)

He says: This is the first wine to get over 4 stars on Winecouver, yet it’s nowhere near the most expensive one we’ve tasted. Here’s why: when I first drank this wine I talked about its flavours for several days. It stuck with me, haunted me even. I vividly recalled the layers of stewed, spiced fruit, gamey odours, followed by flavours of licorice, aniseed, and a hint of menthol. The alcohol is present, and you’ll sense it, but it’s not out of balance. It’s got plenty of acidity, intensity, tannin, and length. I have a hard time finding anything to dislike about this wine, other than it’s sold out locally. Might be worth a trip to the US or Alberta to buy and smuggle home.

She says: A lush wine with a beautiful, velvety mouth feel and an intense depth of flavours. Ripe black fruits combined with spice, coffee and a strong meaty finish. Whilst this wine also had a kick at 14.5% alcohol, it was well balanced and did not feel out of place. I now know what to pour my husband if he has had a bad day!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby, concentrated, colour looks dull
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, black fruit, meat/gamey, licorice, menthol, dark black cherry
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med+ body, med+ intensity, med+ tannin, med+ alcohol, stewed spiced black fruit, meaty, earth, aniseed, med+ length
Summary: Excellent, Can develop further but we want to drink it now!

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.