2017 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas ‘Les Souteyrades’ Vieilles Vignes
2017 is another classic vintage that produced classic wines and, at a property like this, they are very classic indeed! The vintage brought with it beautifully defined fruit, great levels of natural acidity and rich, robust tannins. Old vines made particularly intense wines. The Gigondas Les Souteyrades, for instance, is incredible. While not as overtly flashy as the mammoth 2015, it still lives on the wild side of life. Its lifted aromatics are packed with black Provencal olives, fresh black truffle, bitter chocolate, white pepper and clove-y spice to go along with a mouthful of hoisin sauce, plum jam, black cherry and garrigue-tinged earthy, herbal fruit. Considering the vintage, it’s enormously plush on the palate too. Decant a bottle now to serve with beef or lamb or, better still, hide a few bottles deep in a dark cool place and let it do its thing! Like last year’s small allocation, we anticipate our 2017 to sell out very quickly.
Vinous Media: From the lieu-dit "Souteyrades" on a small hill of pure gray clay soil with few stones, the 80% Grenache was planted in 1948 and the 20% Mourvèdre was planted in 1977. Vinification with maceration for 6 to 8 weeks in concrete vats. Regular and pumping. Aged in 50hL foudre for 12 months. A blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, the 2017 Gigondas les Souteyrades—from a clay-based, north-facing site—is rich and earthy, with cinnamon and cola notes accenting dark plums and black cherries. It's full-bodied and velvety, adding hints of chocolate on the long finish. 95 points