2016 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 91-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96
Red Wine

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DUE IN: WINTER 2018

Price :
$29.95

"Looking more structured and tannic than the 2015, the 2016 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes (tasted from foudre) looks to have great potential. Chocolate-dipped raspberries, espresso and spice notes smell and taste great, ending in a wall of tannins. Patience may be required.

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. We finished up with a handful of older wines, which I noted for readers who may have cellared them." (WA)

"Bright ruby. Aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, lavender and succulent herbs are energized by a zesty mineral flourish. Plush black raspberry and boysenberry flavors open up and turn spicier with air. Possesses an appealing blend of richness and energy and finishes very long, with subtle tannic grip and repeating red fruit character." (VM)

"The 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes may be the real value play here (although these all over deliver for the humble prices they go for) and comes from a mix of estate vineyards. It offers a full-bodied, thick, unctuous style that just begs to be drunk. Blackberries, black raspberries, peppery herbs, wood smoke and ample gravelly, earthy minerality, it’s another killer wine from this estate." (JD)

Winery Notes:
From the Giognas appellation lieux-dits "Les Gravas", "Pigieres", "Les Souteyrades", "La Moutte" and "La Louisiane" of about 80% Grenache planted in 1964 and 20% Mourvèdre planted in 1977. Assembled before fermentation, maceration for 5 weeks in concrete tanks. Aged in foudre for 12 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.