2018 Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes (750ml)

Grenache from Gigondas, Rhône, France

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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 2018 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes shows impressive levels of black cherry fruit, joined by hints of garrigue and licorice. It's full-bodied, silky and easy to drink, finishing long, briny and savory.

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

The base Gigondas, the 2018 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a blend from both the La Louisiane and Pigière lieux-dits near the estate (due to the dismal yields, there’s no Souteyrade cuvée in 2018) and is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah brought up in foudre. It has a wonderful flowery incense and blue fruit quality as well as medium to full body, a ripe, rounded mid-palate, and a great texture. It’s a more forward, charming, sexy wine that’s going to drink nicely in its youth yet also evolve gracefully.

92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2019)

Deep, glistening ruby. Expansive aromas of ripe red/blue fruits, potpourri and licorice are complemented by bright mineral and exotic spice nuances that emerge with air. Juicy, penetrating raspberry, bitter cherry and candied violet flavors become sweeter with aeration and show a surprisingly delicate touch. Velvety tannins lend subtle grip to an impressively long, spice-laced finish that emphatically echoes the red fruit and floral notes.

91-93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Feb 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

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