2020 Saint-Damien Plan de Dieu Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone Villages
A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre sourced from the lower terraced parcels of the Plan de Dieu lieu-dit, in the commune of Violès. The Grenache vines are over 70 years old and come from two sites, one planted on red clay and the other on galets (smooth river-worn pebbles). The younger Mourvèdre vines are planted on sandy soil. The wine is fermented for 30 days in concrete vats, then matured for 10 months in a mix of concrete tanks and large old 50 hL oak foudres.
To my palate, this is a baby Gigondas and is a superb value! - John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Midnight black in colour with a deep dark red hue. Aromas of black raspberries, liquorice and black cherries sail out of the glass melding into some herb du Provence, scorched earth and pepper notes along the way. Filling the mouth are rich black raspberry and liquorice fruits which are underscored by a delightful freshness and ripe chewy tannins. Black cherry, dried herb, scorched earth and peppered dried meat elements chime in on the back half. Good flesh and drive with a long peppery aftertaste.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Not yet bottled, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Plan De Dieu Vieilles Vignes offers darker cherry and blackberry-like fruits as well as textbook Southern Rhône pepper, garrigue, and spice. It’s ripe, seamless, and undeniably delicious.