Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2016 Domaine St. Damien
Sourced from the lower terraced lands of Gigondas, from the stony, sedimentary soils the vines are an average of 40 years old on a 3.2ha plot. The vines yield only 28-30hl/ha. The wine goes through an extended fermentation and maceration (5 weeks) before maturing for 12 months in oak (foudre).
“Vivid ruby. Fresh raspberry and cherry scents complicated by notes of white pepper and allspice. Juicy and focused, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors that show a hint of medicinal bitterness. Becomes sweeter and deeper with air and shows very good energy on the finish, which is shaped by fine-grained tannins that fold quickly into the sappy fruit. (90-92)” Vinous Media, May 2016
Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel. The Saurel family had been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821, and until recently selling all of the grapes to negociants. In 1996 Joel resumed producing wine at the estate and in 1998 they brought on consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie. Vinification is classic with wines being made in large old cement tanks and aged in either the tanks or Large old foudres for the Gigondas.
Today the estate is comprised of 42 acres of vineyards of which 30 are in Gigondas. The vines are an average age of 50 years and are very low yielding. The wines of Gigondas are bottled according to individual terroir (particularly soil type) known as the Saint Damien Trilogy;