Saint Damien Gigondas wine
Damien and his twin brother Cosmas were Christian physicians in Turkey during the 3rd century A.D. offering their learned services for free, the brothers led many to the faith. One of the most popular stories surrounding the brothers involved the surgical transplantation of an entire leg, which later became the subject of many paintings. Both were martyred for their faith. Damien became known as the patron saint of physicians. On the outskirts of the Gigondas village in France, a small hamlet called La Baumette constructed a chapel commemorating Saint Damien. The ancestors of winemaker Joel Saurel continued the tradition by naming their domaine or estate after the physician.
Creating the Wine Saint Damien Gigondas
Crafted in one of France's regions famous for popular wine Saint Damien Gigondas is made from a combination of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre mature grapes. The grapes are harvested and undergo fermentation for a period lasting no less than 21 to 30 days. During this time, the young wine is pumped gently on a daily basis. The wine then ages in oak vats for at least six months.
On the nose, the bright purple wine this Gigondas features alluring aromas that include a mixture of dark berries, potpourri and slightly smoked minerals.
The powerful but fine wine offers a sweet, smooth texture on the palate. Kirsch, licorice, plums, potpourri and spice cake flavors combine to create a full-bodied richness with a pleasant length. The fullness closes with a sweet but smoky warmth.
This superb red is best served slightly chilled by refrigerating for 15 to 20 minutes prior to pouring until it reaches a temperature of between 60.8 and 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit (16 and 18 degrees Celsius). The vintage goes well with meals consisting of grilled or roasted red meats, lamb, stews or cassoulet. The wine also pairs well with mature cheeses before dinner.
Saint Damien Winery
Gigondas lies in the center of the Rhone Valley and below the hills known as the Dentelles de Montmirail. Since the time of Roman occupation, wine was produced from grapes grown in the clay, sandy soil. For generations, the Saurel family strove to create superior wines. Now Joel Saurel and his wife use traditional and organic methods to care for their vines that have been growing for the past six decades. The wines produced here have regularly won commendations. A vintage created in 2001 was recognized as the "Coup de Coeur" by Guide Hachette.
When needing a fine red wine for any occasion, choose a bottle of Saint Damien Gigondas and you won't be disappointed.