2012 Domaine Saint Damien "La Louisiane" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1153423 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Slightly richer and my favorite of the ‘12s, with full-bodied depth and richness, the 2012 Gigondas Louisiane delivers classic spice-box, licorice, herbs, ground pepper and sweet Grenache driven fruit in a seamless, sexy and textured package. It shows the purity of the vintage, yet has knockout richness and fruit. Drink it over the coming decade. Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. ...While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon! (JD)  (12/2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola and fresh lavender, with Asian spice and smoky mineral accents building with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Shows impressive energy and focus on the impressively long finish, which features suave spicecake and floral pastille nuances.  (1/2014)

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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