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2016 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Cuvee Clovis Saurel

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April 21, 2024 - $36



98Jeb Dunnuck

...extraordinary bouquet of kirsch liqueur, strawberries, garrigue, crushed flowers, and exotic spices...ripe, sexy, opulent and powerful, yet graceful and elegant, with no hard edges, and brilliant tannins... Don’t miss it!

96The Wine Advocate

...shows floral and tea-like complexity and waves of ripe stone fruit, chocolate and licorice but supplements those elements with hints of oak-derived structure. It's full-bodied and creamy textured, rich and concentrated, with a finish that's firm and muscular yet velvety and elegant at the same time. Wow! Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

93Vinous / IWC

Highly perfumed black raspberry and cherry preserve scents are accompanied by suggestions of candied licorice, lavender, vanilla and exotic spices. Sappy and broad on the palate, showing seamless texture and offering deeply concentrated bitter cherry, boysenberry, cola and fruitcake flavors... Hangs on with superb tenacity on the spice-tinged finish, which features polished tannins and resonating cherry-vanilla and floral pastille notes.

93Wine Enthusiast

Anise and black pepper lend spice and fire to gorgeous black cherry and plum flavors...a potent yet plush, generous wine framed by yielding acidity and a subtly earthen finish. Lovely...


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.”