Domaine Les Pallières

Daniel and Frédéric Brunier together with  Kermit Lynch
Route Chateauneuf du Pape 3, 84370 Bedarrides (Vieux Télégraphe)
Tel.
+33 490 330 031
Direct sale:
Mail: vignobles@brunier.fr
Web:
http://www.vignoblesbrunier.fr/

The property originally belonged to the Roux family and was inherited in this family for several centuries. Before as now, the property at the foot of Dentelles Montmirail covers 135 hectares, of which 25 ha has been cultivated and planted with vines. There were ups and downs for the property over time. In between the wines from the domain have been well recognized.
The two brothers who owned the property in the 1990s had no direct heirs and the vineyards were in a bad conditions. They gradually became to a point where they were ready to sell the property.
According to
the American importer Kermit Lynch, the idea of ​​buying the domain with the Brunei brothers from Vieux Télégraphe was "casual discussion over lunch at Chez Panisse between Daniel and Kermit Lynch". The purchase became a reality in 1998.
In the years after the purchase, a renovation of the vineyards was made
2 ha
was cleared and replanted.
In 2002, a new
cellar was built in accordance with the gravitational principle. 
Photo below
if from
Kermit Lynch's website.

Until 2006, only one cuvée was made of red Gigondas, but since 2007 two cuvées have been made. Les Racines is from the oldest vineyards located on lieu-dit Pallieres near the domain. The vines here have an average age of 65 years. Cuvée Terrasse du Diable is made from higher situated terraces (Lieux-dits Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières, and Terrasse du Diable), where the vines have ab average age of 45 years. The two cuvées are released 2 years after bottling
Rosé
emerged when the grapes from the new plantation after the purchase could be used without having the age to used in red Gigondas.

Wines

Gigondas Les Racines
80% Grenache, 15% Cinsault in mixed planting with Syrah and 5% Clairette.
Fermented in tank and then aged in foudres for 20 months. 

Gigondas Terrasse du Diable
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Clairette.
Fermented in tank and then aged in foudres for 20 months. 

Gigondas Rosé au petit bonheur
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. Fermented and aged in demi-muids.


Label from 1980 and from 2003 - at that time only one cuvée was made.
The chapel was reused
for a few years. 
Today it's only the type of letters in the word Les Pallières


Daniel Brunier. Photo:GIGONDAS ITS WINES, ITS LAND, ITS PEOPLE


Frédéric Brunier at Gigondas sur Table 2017


Kermit Lynch

 
Photos of the domaine are from a visit April 2011.

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Updated 08-12-2017