Domaine St Damien Gigondas 2016
St. Damien was an Early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), considered the patron saint of doctors. There was a chapel to his honour in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel, the owner of the Domaine, lives. Joel Saurel's ancestors thus took the name Saint Damien for the Domaine. La Baumette is the hot corner of the Gigondas appellation - great exposures, galets roulees like Chateauneuf. Some of the oldest vines of the appellation are in this area, and Joel Saurel owns a good proportion of them that are over 100 years old.
The two varieties are vinified together with long fermentation and daily pumping over. Aged in oak foudres for a minimum of 6 months.
Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas is a powerful wine showing sweet fruit, prunes and hints of pepper with a smooth texture; fine fruit and structure with a lovely length.
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Country / Region / Appellation
FR / Rhone / Gigondas AOC