“2016 is one of the greatest vintages the region has experienced, with producers making comparisons to 1978, 1990, 2001 and 2010. Given the increased number of private cellars (caves particulaires), the higher standards among the various caves cooperatives and the winemaking that’s generally cleaner than ever before, I don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest it may be the best ever.” Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, December 2018.
80% grenache (planted 1942), 15% mourvèdre (planted 1977), 5% syrah + cinsault (planted 1951) fermented on skins for 6 weeks before ageing in large old 50 hl foudres for 12 months bottling un-fined and unfiltered.
“The 2016 Gigondas La Louisiane is looking a bit more structured and tannic than it did last year. It's full-bodied, rich and creamy across the mid-palate, then firms up adding hints of licorice and chocolate along the way. It does have the ripe stone fruit and berry notes to sustain it over time, so give it a couple of years (maybe even four or five) to relax and unwind that tightness on the finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.” 94 points, The Wine Advocate, August 2018.
“Shimmering ruby. Displays powerful raspberry, boysenberry and exotic spice qualities on the perfumed nose, along with expanding garrigue and mineral notes. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red/blue fruit liqueur, lavender and licorice flavors that steadily turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes very long and smooth, with rounded tannins framing lingering red fruit and floral notes.” 93 points, Vinous Media, February 2020.
This is one for the cellar.
|Brand||Domaine St Damien|