Once we read that Wilton’s has been promoting “a sense of calm” since 1742, my husband and I knew we had to have dinner there. Additionally, it was the only place I saw in London that had trifle on the menu. I grew up with my grandmother’s trifle on all special occasions, so it’s very dear to me. The wine list was incredibly pricey, but the selections were well-appointed and interesting. To accompany dinner of my husband’s wild Scottish lobster and my truffle mac-n-cheese, I selected Domaine Les Palliѐres Terrasse du Diable 2008.
Domaine Les Palliѐres has a history of wine production dating back for over 500 years making it one of the greatest, longest-running estates in the Southern Rhône. Today it is has become a partnership of friends, a creative collaboration between the Bruniers family [of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame] and renowned winemaker and importer Kermit Lynch. With an emphasis on each vineyards particular terrior, their motto is “Staying close to each of our Terroirs”. The grapes for Terrasse du Diable were sourced from a high altitude parcel with low-yielding vines with an average age of 45 years.
Dark ruby red, cozy aromas of candied cherry and warm autumn nights radiated from the glass. Plush flavours of strawberry, blackberry and black cherry were supported by flint minerals and grippy tannins in the medium body. Spicy black pepper and herbaceous anise were underscored by forest floor elements in the lengthy finish. Although considered a “difficult” vintage, this is a well balanced and refined, with each elegant, velvety sip ensuring a quickly depleted bottle.
[Rain, too much of it and at the wrong times, has caused the 2008 Rhône vintage to be labeled as “difficult” by wine experts. The consensus is that the wines are muted in flavor, to the extent that some producers have opted to not release their 2008 vintage.]
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvѐdre, 5% Clairette
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine
$34 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2018
Rated 88 points by Wine Advocate
Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator