2012 Domaine Saint Damien "Vieilles Vignes" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1153424 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at Saurel’s 2012s, the 2012 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a medium to full-bodied, awesomely textured effort that reveals loads of black raspberry, licorice and ground herbs. Already approachable, it nevertheless has fine tannin, beautiful mid-palate depth and impressive balance. It should impress for 10-12 years. 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)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Ripe plum and cherry on the nose, along with deep notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Broad and sweet on the palate, with a velvety texture to the ripe cherry and dark berry flavors. Finishes on a juicy note of blackberry, with a touch of spiciness and very good length.  (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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