Domaine Saint Damien in Gigondas is fast becoming recognized as one of the best in the southern Rhone Valley. Saint Damien's 2007 wines were spectacular with their three Gigondas cuvees each receiving scores of 95 or better.
Robert Parker’s comments on the producer say it all.
“Proprietor Joel Saurel, backed up by the inimitable Philippe Cambie as his consultant, has transformed this estate into one of the greatest in Gigondas, rivaling the two top producers, Yves Gras’ Santa Duc and Louis Barruol’s Saint Cosme. This estate made mind-boggling 2007s, and has followed that up with top-flight 2009s. The two value wines are nearly as good as their more expensive cuvees of Gigondas, which tells you just how impressive this estate is.”They also produce a great Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes made from 50 year old vines, which received 90 points in 2007, and again in the very challenging 2008 vintage. Robert Parker referred to their Cotes du Rhone as "...stunning, value priced Cotes du Rhone which readers should be buying by the trunkful."
The 2009 Domaine St Damien Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes just arrived in our stores. Robert Parker rated this cuvee at 91-92 points. Get your trunkful today!
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Robert Parker 91-92 Points-- The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes is 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Carignan, aged in cement tank and tipping the scales at 14.8% alcohol. The average age of the vines, from the stony soils of the Plan de Dieu, is 50 years. This is another full-bodied, superbly concentrated wine with the classic black cherry marmalade/kirsch notes intermixed with licorice, spring flowers, pepper, and a hint of garrigue. This ripe, full-bodied wine is opulent, voluptuously textured, long and rich. Both of these wines over-deliver significantly for an appellation as humble as the Cotes du Rhone, but that is the great beauty of this vast area of southern France.
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