Domaine Saint-Damien Cotes Du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2007
This is the first of the 2007’s, a lauded vintage in the southern Rhone, that I’ve dipped my nose into. And a happy nose it was. This wine exceeds what is generally probable to discover in Vancouver at its price point, and proves why seeking out the small guy can pay big dividends.
The nose on this GSM had cherry, fig, a little earth and toast, and a nice medium body. This is classic southern Rhone, and actually smells far more like a Gigondas than a Cotes du Rhone. That is probably due to the lucky addition of declassified Gigondas fruit to the blend. The palate is a pepper blast and has tons of cherry fruit and real intensity of flavour while maintaining medium body and weight. An immensely enjoyable wine at this price, and indeed tasting almost as good as a higher end Gigondas.
Very Good+ and Highly Recommended Value
$20 at Marquis