Domaine Saint Damien - Joël Saurel

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ROBERT PARKER
THE WINE ADVOCATE, Inc. (Dec 2013)

2012 Domaine St Damien Le Dix de Saint Damien Vin de France (Dec 2013)
Rating : (87-88) - Drink : 2013-2017

Moving the non-Gigondas releases, the 2012 Le Dix de Saint Damien should be a superb value with its medium-bodied, soft, supple and fruit-driven style. Giving up plenty of earth and minerality, as well as
loads of juicy berry fruit, drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

2012 Domaine St Damien Cotes du Rhone le Bouveau (Dec 2013)
Rating : (89-91) - Drink : 2013-2017

The most impressive of the three is the 2012 Cotes du Rhone La Bouveau. A blend of mostly Grenache, it possesses ample raspberry, wild herbs, garrigue and crushed rock-like minerality in its medium-bodied, focused and impressively concentrated character. Possibly outstanding, with loads of southern Rhone flair, enjoy this beauty over the coming 3-4 years or so.
Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

2012 Domaine St Damien Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes (Dec 2013)
Rating : (89) - Drink : 2013-2016
Already in bottle, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone exhibits knockout notes of roasted herbs, ripe red and black fruits, licorice and spice to go with a medium-bodied, sweetly fruited, upfront and decidedly delicious profile. Quaffable in the best sense of the word, buy it in multiple bottle lots and enjoy it over the coming couple of years.Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

2012 Domaine St Damien Gigondas Cuvee Louisiane (Dec 2013)
Rating : (93-95) - Drink : 2013-2023
Slightly richer and my favorite of the ‘12s, with full-bodied depth and richness, the 2012 Gigondas Louisiane delivers classic spice-box, licorice, herbs, ground pepper and sweet Grenache driven fruit in a seamless, sexy and textured package. It shows the purity of the vintage, yet has knockout richness and fruit. Drink it over the coming decade.
Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

2012 Domaine St Damien Gigondas les Souteyrades (Dec 2013)
Rating : (92-94) - Drink : 2013 2028
The 2012 Gigondas Souteyrades is a perfumed, elegant version of the cuvee and exhibits classic berry fruit, spice-box, licorice and wild herb aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, pure, layered and textured, with building richness and fine tannin, it should be reasonably approachable on release, yet age gracefully for 12-15 years.
Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

2012 Domaine St Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
Rating : (92-94) - Drink : 2013-2025
Looking at Saurel’s 2012s, the 2012 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a medium to full-bodied, awesomely textured effort that reveals loads of black raspberry, licorice and ground herbs. Already approachable, it nevertheless has fine tannin, beautiful mid-palate depth and impressive balance. It should impress for 10-12 years.
Located on the lower, flatter portion of the appellation and one of the top estates in Gigondas, Domaine Saint-Damien is run by the talented Joel Saurel. In addition to the Gigondas cuvees, he also produces a bevy of high-quality Cotes du Rhones. While the style here doesn’t skimp on fruit, the wines are traditionally made and show beautiful southern Rhone typicity. They also represent incredible values and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon!

ROBERT PARKER
THE WINE ADVOCATE, Inc. (Oct, 2009)

« I was blown away by how the 2007 Gigondas cuvees, which I had rated very highly from barrel last year, had put on weight and texture, and had become essentially as compelling as Gigondas can be.Clearly SaintDamien’s young proprietor, Joel Saurel, has moved this estate alongside the appellation’s two superstars, Domaine Santa Duc and Chateau SaintCosme. The three cuvees of 2007 Gigondas are absolutely profound. I am not sure I haven’t underrated them as I had them on two separate occasions and the numerical scores listed are actually from the lower rated tasting. Come what may, these are unreal wines. For statisticians, these wines are aged 68 weeks in cement tanks before they are moved to old wood foudres for 12 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The renowned Philippe Cambie is the consultant. All three of these Gigondas cuvees are amazing wines. Kudos to Joel Saurel! »

JANCIS ROBINSON & JULIA HARDING MW
Gigondas 2012 vintage

St-Damien, Les Souteyrades 2012 Gigondas 15.5 Drink 2016-2021
Bright crimson. Quite dramatically concentrated ripe fruit on the nose and then quite sweet and mild on the palate. Fresh and fruity. But relatively light. 15%


St-Damien, Les Souteyrades 2012 Gigondas 15.5 Drink 2016-2021
Simple crimson. Rich, ripe black fruits on the nose. Astringent finish and not that much fruit weight in the mid palate. 15%


St-Damien, La Louisiane 2012 Gigondas 15.5 Drink 2016-2020 Mid crimson.
Very rich fruit compote on the nose and then just a tad stringy on the palate. Not much intensity. 15%

 

 
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