Domaine Saint-Damien, 'La Louisiane' Gigondas 2020
France / Red

Domaine Saint-Damien, 'La Louisiane' Gigondas 2020

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Fruit

Earth

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Body

Tannins

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La Louisiane is a perfect example of how aromatic some Gigondas can get. Red raspberry anise, and orange zest flood the olfactory followed by cherry, tobacco, and cedar on the palate.

Notes from Vintage and Vine:

Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel and their son Romain who has now taken charge of the winemaking. The Saurel family had been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821, and until recently had been selling all of the grapes to negociants. In 1996 Joel resumed producing wine at the estate and in 2012 he gained Agriculture Biologique certification for the the vineyards of the estate. Vinification is classic with wines being fermented in large old cement tanks and aged in either cement tanks or large old foudres for the Gigondas.

Today the estate is comprised of 45 hectares of vineyards of which 15 are in Gigondas. All their vineyards are certified organic since 2012. The vines are an average age of 50 years and are very low yielding. The wines of Gigondas are bottled according to individual terroir (particularly soil type) known as the Saint Damien Trilogy.

Country
France
Sub-Region
Gigondas
Region
Southern Rhône
Varieties
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Top soils are thin and very rocky; sub-soils are solid rock.
Winemaking
6 week fermentation in concrete vats. Blended after vatting; matures about 12 months in oak barrels; bottled without any fining or filtration.