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