Domaine Saint-Damien 2007 Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes - 90pts
Availability: Limited availability. Private wine stores.
Date Tasted: May 20th, 2010
Tasting Notes: Opening with a pungent and powerful nose of meaty, forest floor this fabulous Côtes du Rhône gem may overload the sense of some wine drinkers. However, those willing to to be patient with the wine to open up and then venture forth will be handsomely rewarded.
This Grenache, Carignan and Mouvedre blend warms your nose and palate with it's heated aromas of warm, sun-drenched, mossy stones and bold dark berries. The 15% alcohol is impressively masked by the concentration of fruit and savory flavors. The palate is dry with medium-plus acidity and tannins with a balanced, lingering finish. Seek-out this expressive and moderately priced Southern Rhône charmer at your local French wine specialist store. Drink one now and put one away for another 2-3 years for further development.
- Liam Carrier