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Producer: Domaine St DamienGrape Varieties: 80% Grenache and 20% MourvedreOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Fine grained and long on the finishAlcohol by Volume: 15%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Saint Damien was an early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), who was considered to be the patron saint of doctors. A chapel was built in his honour in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel the owner of the domain lives. In 1979, the name Saint Damien was introduced into the name of the domain. Four generations have worked on this family estate since 1821 and in 2013 Romain joined his father on the estate. It has been certified organic since 2012.
The vines are grown in the limestone and clay soils of the parcels situated on the hillside terraces of Gigondas. The vines are grown in the named plot or 'lieu dit' of Souteyrades, which is situated in the south of the appellation. The Grenache vines date back to 1948 and the Mourvèdre vines to 1977.
The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness. They then underwent a long six week fermentation in concrete vats. The resulting wine was matured for 12 months in oak barrels and was bottled without any fining or filtration.
Exotic and alluring with aromas of warm fig and elegant notes of dark chocolate. Complex and powerful on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a lingering finish.
This versatile wine accompanies both rich and savoury meat dishes and dark chocolate desserts.
Grenache 80%, Mourvèdre 20%
Expensive but worth the extra cost versus run of the mill Gigondas
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