Domaine Saint-Damien Cotes du Rhone 'La Bouveau' 2021
92 POINTS: Wine Direct Tasting Team
"The medium to full-bodied 2021 Cotes du Rhone la Bouveau boasts impressive aromas of black olives, blueberries, plums and shrubby herbs. Supple and smooth on the palate, with ample fruit concentration and just enough ripe tannins to give it shape, this Syrah-based cuvée is ready to go."
- Wine Direct Tasting Team
A blend of 80% Syrah (19-20 year old vines) & 20% Cinsault (64 year old vines). Bright violet. Aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, pungent flowers and olive, lifted by a mineral quality. Smoky and appealing sweet, offering juicy boysenberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Fine-grained tannins make a late appearance and add grip to a very long, floral-driven finish.
- Winemakers Notes
Domaine St. Damien’s cuvées of Gigondas have become the reference for classic full-bodied yet fine Gigondas, with scores by all journalists being both consistent and high every vintage. Almost as popular as their high-scoring Giogondas cuvees, are their Côtes-du-Rhône bottlings for their intense concentration and tremendous value. Harvests are later and yields are low.
Joel’s son, Romain is becoming more and more involved in the winemaking. Their goal is to produce Gigondas expressive of terroir, tradition, length and balance—in short, the best of Gigondas.
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