Domaine Saint Damien 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre | Alc: 15.0% – 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.
“More flattering and easier to drink than the La Louisiane at this stage, the 2016 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, all aged in foudres. Hints of mocha and caramel add sweet richness to the ripe black cherry flavors and notes of mushroom, chocolate and licorice. Full-bodied, creamy textured and richly concentrated, it’s long and velvety on the finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.” 93 Pts – Wine Advocate
“Similarly colored, the 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes (80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre) offers a killer bouquet of blackcurrants, sappy garrigue, exotic spices, and leafy herbs. It’s full-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless and silky, with no hard edges and beautiful balance. Checking in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre brought up in older foudre, don’t miss this beauty!” 96 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
“While not from the producer’s oldest vines, this bottling is comprised mostly of fruit from 40-year-old Grenache planted on the lower terraces of Gigondas. Its black fruit flavors are plump and round, smoothed over by yielding acidity and a luscious, mouthclinging texture. Fine, grippy tannins lend structure to the finish. An approachable but deeply satisfying wine for now – 2026.” 92 Pts – Wine Enthusiast
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