The Domaine des Pasquiers is located in the heart of the Rhone valley and is today led by the third generation of the Lambert family, the brothers Jean-Claude and Philippe. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are the main grapes of the area and the Lambert brothers always pay close attention to harvesting and vinifying them separately. The wines of this domaine are every year refined, balanced and powerful. Since 2010 the vineyards are conducted according to organic farming. The vineyards are located near the slopes of Sablet, which lend themselves well to these varietals; the soil is a mixture of sand and clay, which keeps the plants cool and ensures grapes are well ripened. These vines are also pruned to be low-yielding, which at 33hl/ha is well below the average for the region. This concentrates aromas and flavours in the grape; Grenache is used to create fruitiness and mellowness in the wine, while the Syrah brings structure and delicacy. The grapes are machine harvested, destemmed and crushed. Interestingly both the Grenache and Syrah are fermented together in the same tank (rather than the more normal practice of vinifying each grape separately). The Lambert brothers believe this creates a more integrated wine where the total (effect) is greater than the sums of its parts. The wine is unoaked, resting in tank for 3 months on fine lees prior to a light filtration and bottling.
The Domaine des Pasquiers has fashioned a 2016 Gigondas that is capable of embarrassing many Chateau-Neufs. It starts off with some tarry, cola scents then reveals supremely ripe red raspberries on the full-bodied, supple palate. With its firm tannins and acids, it should prove reasonably long-lived, despite being approachable now.