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Saint Damien Plan de Dieu Cote du Rhone - Rhone Valley

Saint Damien Plan de Dieu Cote du Rhone 2018 - Rhone Valley

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Saint Damien
Region: France
Blend: (80%) Grenache (15%) Carignan (5%) Mourvedre
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

92 POINTS
The Wine Advocate

$27.00: wine of the week
$324.00: per case of 12
$32.00: reg price

Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel. The Saurel family had been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821, and until recently 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 made in large old cement tanks and aged in either those cement tanks or large old foudres for the Gigondas’. Today the estate is comprised of 24 hectacres of vineyards of which half are in Gigondas. The vines are an average age of 50 years and are very low yielding. Their Gigondas wines are bottled according to individual terroir (soil type) known as the Saint Damien Trilogy Enjoy…!

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Our notes

It’s a blend of Grenache [80%] and Mourvedre [20%] and in 2018 the fruit is just so lovely with pretty Grenache at the fore and gentle gamey/spicy notes from the Mourvedre. Yes, the fruit in this wine is attractive but there’s still plenty of that wild garrigue, dried herb, savoury earth character that so many people love in the wines of Saint Damian. It smells like the South of France… and would accompany all manner of Mediterranean dishes like roasted eggplant and spiced meatballs. I drank it on its own and found it absolutely delicious. Highly Recommended. 

Reviews


92 POINTS
The Wine Advocate
80% Grenache (1949), 20% Mourvèdre (1978). This wine is sourced from the lower terraced parcels of the Plan de Dieu lieu-dit, in the commune of Violès. The Grenache vines are over 60 years old and the Mourvèdre 30 years. The wine is fermented for 30 days in concrete vats before 8 months of aging (again in concrete). The wine is bottled without fining or filtration. “An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu Vieilles Vignes features lovely scents of garrigue layered over ripe black cherry fruit. It lacks the extra depth of the estate's Gigondas but remains impressive, being full-bodied, silky and already easy to drink, with a long, slightly briny finish.” (90-92) points, The Wine Advocate, August 2019

The Wine Advocate


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