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Saint Damien 'La Louisiane' Gigondas 2018

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The Wine

Blend : 80% Grenache (1942), 15% Mourvèdre (1977), 5% Syrah + Cinsault (1951) fermented on skins for 6 weeks before ageing in large old 50 hl foudres for 12 months bottling un-fined and unfiltered.

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2018 Gigondas La Louisiane looks to be another terrific example of this cuvée. Raspberries, black cherries, tea leaves and violets all appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich, velvety and long on the finish." 

93-95 points Vinous Media ”Vivid magenta. Highly perfumed raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are complicated by potpourri and exotic spice nuances and a smoky mineral note builds in the glass. Juicy and appealingly sweet, displaying intense red/blue fruit, spice-cake and lavender pastille flavors and supple, seamless texture. Balances richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes extremely long and spicy, with harmonious tannins and a resonating echo of candied flowers." 

The Finer Details
Variety - Grenache
Country -  France
Region - Southern Rhone
Std Drinks (Approx.) - 8.9

Extra - Cork
Year - 2018
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel and their son Romain who has now taken charge of the winemaking. The Saurel family had been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821, and until recently had been selling all of the grapes to negociants. In 1996 Joel resumed producing wine at the estate and in 1998 they brought on consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie. Vinification is classic with wines being fermented in large old cement tanks and aged in either cement tanks or large old foudres for the Gigondas. 
“Proprietor Joel Saurel, backed up by the inimitable Philippe Cambie as his consultant, has transformed this estate into one of the greatest in Gigondas, rivalling the two top producers, Yves Gras’ Santa Duc and Louis Barruol’s Saint Cosme.” Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate