2010 Domaine Saint Damien "La Louisiane" Gigondas

SKU #1117484 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Gigondas La Louisiane is a 525-case offering fashioned from 65-year-old vines grown in decomposed red clay and gravel. It is also a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre aged in foudre for 14 months prior to being bottled without fining or filtration. It offers sensational notes of blueberry liqueur intermixed with kirsch, mulberries, licorice and lavender. Full-bodied and sexy with good acidity as well as sweet, well-integrated tannins, this beautiful, virginal (because of the biodynamic farming and lack of any new oak aging) red should drink nicely for 10-15 years.  (10/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Exotic aromas of black and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense cassis and cherry compote flavors and bracing acidity. Rich, vivacious, finishing sweet, silky and very long.  (2/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An inviting, perfumy style, with linzer torte and blackberry confiture aromas and flavors lined with notes of black tea, pastis-soaked plum and violet. There's ample grip, but it's fine-grained and well-embedded through the finish. Best from 2013 through 2023.  (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Vines aged 60+ years. Blackish crimson. Savoury nose. Sweetness and polish on the front palate. Then some juice and rather delicate for a Gigondas. Fine boned. Drink: 2013-2020.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

15% abv.

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2013 | Send Email
Meaty and spicy on the nose, with notes of menthol and blackberry. I expected this Grenache-based red to be bigger on the palate, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it had nice lift and tannins to balance out pretty black fruit.

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Alcohol Content (%): 15