Domaine Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes Gigondas 2021
Terroir: Quaternary stony soil and torrential deposit. Plots located on the lower terraces of the Gigondas Appellation.
Grape varieties: Grenache 80%, Mourvèdre 20%
Age of vines: Grenache (1964) Mourvèdre (1977).
Vinification: Blending during vatting. Maceration for 5 weeks in concrete vats.
Aging: For 12 months in oak barrels.
Bottled without fining or filtration.
Vinous – “Vivid ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes candied red fruits, smoky minerals and lavender; a spicy nuance builds as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, juicy raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors show good heft, seamless texture and real energy. It finishes spicy and impressively long, with sneaky tannins adding a final grip. This is shaping up to be a highly impressive entry-level bottling, which is not surprising given that this is the only Gigondas that will be bottled this year, so all the juice from the Louisiane and Souteyrades is going into this wine. Get it, lots of it, if you can. Raised in neutral, 50 hectoliter oak” (93-95 Pts)
Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2021 Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes Gigondas is a normal blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre that’s from older vines around the estate, on the lower plateau of Gigondas. A pure, pretty, elegant wine, its medium purple hue is followed by notions of darker berries, violets, and ground pepper. It’s balanced, has fine tannins, and is just another fresher, pretty 2021 that will drink nicely in its youth.” (91-93 Pts)