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Domaine St Damian - Gigondas Les Souteyrades 2017

Red Wine from Rhône · France
Price: £26.95
Case Rate: £25.66
Ex Tax: £22.46
Country:
Wine Region: Rhône
Wine Area: Southern Rhône
Wine Maker: Joel Saurel & Philippe Cambie
Grape: Grenache Blend
Grape Percentage: Grenache 80 %, Mourvèdre 20 %.
Alcohol Percentage: 15%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Rhône
Wine Area: Southern Rhône
Wine Maker: Joel Saurel & Philippe Cambie
Grape: Grenache Blend
Grape Percentage: Grenache 80 %, Mourvèdre 20 %.
Alcohol Percentage: 15%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025

Wine tasting notes

This top cuvee is comprised of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre with all grapes coming from 60+ year old vines that have been biodynamically farmed for the last 3 years. Aged in old wood foudres and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine is impressively rich and loaded with herbal tones while maintaining a spectacular restraint. Ready to enjoy now or for the next 15 years.

Winery information

Domaine St Damian

St.-Damien was an Early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), considered the patron saint of doctors. There was a chapel to his honor in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel lives. Saurel?s ancestors thus took the name St.-Damien for the D..D. St.-Damien is one of the Gigondas estates that draw fruit more from the vineyards on the plateau than from those on the chalky hillsides. The house style includes rich, black fruit character, with exotic smoke and black tea notes, derived from the richer clay and limestone soils on the plateau that spreads west and southwest from the Dentelles. Jo?l, 52, and his wife, Amie, 55, represent the fourth generation of Saurels (they are cousins of the Saurels at Montirius) to farm vineyards in Gigondas; previous generations sold the fruit to n?gociants. The D. had an earlier incarnation. In 1978 Jo?l and his brother bottled their estate?s own production for the first time. But in 1987 the brothers split; Jo?l stayed at the D.. Because he lacked vinification expertise (Jo?l had worked the vineyard while his brother made the wine), the estate?s grapes were sold once again to n?gociants until 1996, when Jo?l and Amie decided make a go of it on their own. There are now 42 acres of vines, nearly 30 in Gigondas..Souteyrade is one Joel?s best parcels, particularly in hot years, making a true vin de garde Gigondas, with great weight and power, as well as majestic structure.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012) - 92 pts

Jan 2015 . Reviewer : Jeb Dunnock - The 2012 Gigondas Souteyrades is another beautiful wine that makes the most of this vintage. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, brought up all in foudre, it offers beautifully perfumed, complex notes of smoked herbs, licorice, tobacco leaf and sweet blackberry fruit on the nose. This all gives way to a medium to full-bodied, soft and hedonistic styled Gigondas that has fantastic purity, lots of fruit and a good finish. Like the other 2012s here, it will have a decade of longevity.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012) - 92 to 94 pts

Jan/Feb 15. By Josh Raynolds. Bright purple. Intensely perfumed scents of dark berry preserves, floral oils, incense and licorice, along with a spicy overtone. Sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors show excellent clarity, a velvety texture and an exotic floral pastille quality. Smooth and expansive Gigondas, with excellent finishing freshness and floral persistence.


Wine Spectator (2012) - 89 pts

Oct 15, 2015. High-toned, with a menthol note weaving through the core of steeped cherry, pomegranate and red currant fruit. Singed cedar and sandalwood accents line the finish, leaving a perfumy hint.

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Vinification notes

Quaternary stony soil with deposits. Parcels located on the lower terraced lands of the Gigondas Appellation. 40 year old vines. Blended after vatting. Fermentation of about 5 weeks in concrete vats. Matured for about 12 months in oak barrels. Bottled without any fining or filtration