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2017 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades

ITEM 8467845 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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Blancsta… $45 $45
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I8467845 1 $45 Oct 2, 2022
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95The Wine Advocate and earthy, with cinnamon and cola notes accenting dark plums and black cherries. It's full-bodied and velvety, adding hints of chocolate on the long finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Deeply pitched aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, candied flowers and allspice show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining cherry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that show noteworthy depth and back-end thrust. Finishes very long and smooth, with fine-grained tannins and resonating cherry and floral character.

93Jeb Dunnuck

Black cherries, garrigue, leather, and a kiss of spice...medium to full-bodied, has light tannins, beautiful balance, and a charming, elegant style...seamless, layered, complex wine that relies more on elegance and complexity than overt power and richness.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Confected, fruit-cake aroma on the nose. Tight tannic grain on the palate, but the acidity perks up the balance, and the fruit gives ample ripeness through to the finish.


Domaine Saint-Damien

Domaine Saint Damien is a 54-acre estate in Gigondas, in the heart of the Rhone Valley. Though the Saurel family has been involved with grape growing and winemaking in the Rhone Valley for seven generations, the estate is now run by Joel Saurel and his wife Amie, who are winning wide-spread praise for their winemaking. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote in 2009 that Joel Saurel “has moved this estate alongside the appellation’s two superstars, Domaine Santa Duc and Chateau SaintCosme.” The estate’s unfined, unfiltered Gigondas are generally about 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Since early 2009 the estate has used only organic farming methods. Nearly 9,000 cases of wine are produced annually.


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

The Southern Rhône Valley wine region extends from Orange in the north through the communes Lirac and Tavel in the southwest. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Méridionales and it includes some of the best known appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The climate and landscape of the Southern Rhone differ significantly from the Northern Rhone. There are hot, often windy Mediterranean appellations near Nimes and the south, and higher altitude, relatively cool appellations such as Côtes du Ventoux to the east. Understanding the region can be confusing given that there are thirteen appellations and sixteen red and white grapes allowed for wines with appellation status. Syrah is grown here, but it is much less important than in the north. Grenache is the prominent red grape, though most red wines are blends of at least four varietals. Other commonly used red grapes are Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Muscardin. Counoise, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse and Syrah are also permitted. The primary white grapes are Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, though Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are permitted, as are Picpoul and Picardin. Of note is the Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC, which is only in the Southern Rhone. Though Côtes du Rhône AOC wine is made in both the north and south, the Villages appellation has stricter requirements for winemaking and is generally considered higher quality than simple Côtes du Rhône. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “There is a vast amount of enjoyment to be discovered in the southern Rhône…for these are some of the most sumptuous and pleasure-giving wines produced in the world.”