2017 Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes (750ml)

Grenache from Gigondas, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The quaint village of Gigondas is well situated below the Dentelles de Montmirail, a small mountain created when geological earth crust buckled vertically from tectonic forces. Ever since erosion has littered the appellation with limestone and marl from the Jurassic and sandstones from more recent glacial periods. This mix is rare in the Rhone, gifting Gigondas with complex terroirs and varied elevations. St. Damien's vineyards are planted on the terraced hillsides with each cuvee from different terroir; the Vieilles Vignes from lower terraces with round stones common in the Rhone, La Louisiane planted on sandy clay and red alluvials with broken stones, and Les Souteyrades grey clay with little stone. Rivers, glaciers, and eroded Dentelles limestone commingled over the last 60 million years makes for a great study in the terroir of Gigondas. Rave reviews for these traditional, terroir expressive wines, are among the very best of Gigondas.


The 2017 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes was scheduled to be bottled the week after my visit, so I tasted the final assemblage, which is 75% to 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre. Scents of crushed stone, pepper and licorice lead the way, followed by intense notes of black cherries and tree bark. It's full-bodied, silky and long, with hints of chocolate that creep in on the finish. It looks suppler than I remember it being last year, and it's for the better.

92-94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)


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