Domaine Saint Damien 2015 Gigondas Le Louisianne
80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah | Alc: 15% – Big, Smooth and Supple
Rhone Valley, France
Love Châteauneuf-du-Pape but not the price, try this beauty! Like any big wine this will benefit from aeration or a year or two in the cellar.
Saint Damien was an early Christian saint martyred in the year 287 A.D. There is a chapel to his honor in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel lives. M. Saurel’s ancestors thus took the name Saint Damien for the domaine. The domaine’s claim to fame are their superb Gigondas cuvees.
“My pick of the cuvées in 2015 is the 2015 Gigondas La Louisiane, a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and the rest Cinsault and Syrah. From south-facing slopes of red clay and sand, this shows incredible detail in its aromas of garrigue and raspberries, then folds in richer notes of dark chocolate. This is full-bodied and velvety in feel, with just a hint of warmth on the finish. It should drink well for a decade, possibly longer. At Domaine Saint Damien, there are four Gigondas cuvées, although the Clovis Saurel isn’t bottled every year. It’s a small, family domaine with the magnificently mustachioed Joël Saurel at the helm, although son Romain is increasingly confident in the winery. This is a reference point for traditional Gigondas, but the family also owns a small portion of Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu.” 95 Pts – Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Gigondas Cuvee Louisiane comes from a site located just beside the domaine, which is a mix of clay and sandy soils. Aged all in foudre, it boasts terrific notes of framboise, spring flowers, black raspberries and orange blossom (which I normally find more in the Les Souteyrades release). This full-bodied, deep, layered 2015 has a big mid-palate, is impeccably balanced and shows the purity and finesse that’s common in the vintage.” 95 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
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