2019 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel whose family has been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821. Until relatively recently they sold all of their grapes to negociants. In 1998 they brought on consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie and haven’t looked back. Of the estates 42 acres of vineyards, 30 acres are in Gigondas with vines that have an average age of 50 years.
Totally opaque dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Heady dark to black raspberry, red liquorice and black cherry scents overlay herb du Provence, dried meat, earth and spicy black pepper notes. Rich and super intense the palate is bursting with succulent black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice fruits that display amazing concentration and power yet also retain a remarkable sense of freshness. Ripe chewy tannins provide structure with infusions of herbs du Provence, earthy dried meats and spicy pepper characters adding further interest on the back half. Explosive black pepper infused conclusion.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Moving to the 2019s, this is a great vintage for this estate, and all of the wines showed brilliantly. The 2019 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is its usual 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre and has awesome dark fruits, ground pepper, licorice, truffle, and earthy mineral-like aromas and flavors. I love its mid-palate, it has elegance as well as power, ripe tannins, and a great finish. I finished my note with “Wow.”