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2007 Domaine Saint-Damien "Vieilles Vignes" Gigondas

SKU #1127720 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2007 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre from 40-year-old vines, boasts a saturated ruby/purple color as well as an exquisite bouquet of incense, crushed rocks, charcoal, black raspberries, kirsch, and blackberries, an incredibly broad, savory mouthfeel, stunning density, and a finish that goes on for 40+ seconds. This remarkable offering is one of the most prodigious wines I have ever tasted from Gigondas. It should drink well for two decades or more. I was blown away by how the 2007 Gigondas cuvees, which I had rated very highly from barrel last year, had put on weight and texture, and had become essentially as compelling as Gigondas can be. Clearly Saint-Damien’s young proprietor, Joel Saurel, has moved this estate alongside the appellation’s two superstars, Domaine Santa Duc and Chateau Saint-Cosme. The three cuvees of 2007 Gigondas are absolutely profound. I am not sure I haven’t underrated them as I had them on two separate occasions and the numerical scores listed are actually from the lower rated tasting. Come what may, these are unreal wines. For statisticians, these wines are aged 6-8 weeks in cement tanks before they are moved to old wood foudres for 12 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The renowned Philippe Cambie is the consultant. All three of these Gigondas cuvees are amazing wines. Kudos to Joel Saurel! 95+ points. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2009)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A phenomenal value and a wine you should fill the cellar with, the 2007 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a tank aged blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre that’s from the estate’s youngest vines (a mere 40 to 50 year-old vines.) Serious stuff, it exhibits gorgeously complex, almost gamey, aromas of licorice infused plum and blackberry fruit that’s intermixed with wild herb, saddle leather, exotic spices, and serious background minerality and dusty stone notes. Rich and full on the palate, with a more open, fleshy profile than its two other siblings, this is full bodied with a rich, mouth coating texture, loads of depth and concentration, and a long finish that highlights sweet fruit and solid, chewy tannin. While the most approachable in the lineup, this should easily have 15+ years of prime drinking. (JD) Inner quote mark (3/2011)

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