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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerDomaine Saint-Damien (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
VineyardLes Souteyrades
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2020 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by seppej on 5/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Red barries, lakrids, coffee (119 views)
 Tasted by SaxWine on 2/23/2015 & rated 91 points: Beautiful Cote du Rhone. Strong tannins competing with the bright fruits and earthiness you expect from this region. This would probably benefit by laying down a bit longer. (723 views)
 Tasted by DSP on 12/20/2014 & rated 91 points: This was a bit tight when I opened it, so I gave it about four hours in the decanter. Aromas and flavors of dark, spiced plums. Round and medium-weight in the mouth with fine-grained tannins. Went great with braised leg of lamb. (956 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 12/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Less impressive this time around. The wine still showed great aromatics, and a wholly agreeable mouthfeel, but it came of very hot to the point that it felt like I was exhaling fire. A great wine overall though! (1297 views)
 Tasted by Curton on 8/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Bought at domaine and enjoyed over two days. Fantastic Gigondas. Slightly more rustique and dark than Louisiane which is my favourite of the two. Still this is an excellent and well balanced wine. Will improve further over the next couple of years I believe. (1657 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 8/2/2014: Consistent with prior note - just plain delicious. Excellent with seared tuna steaks. 92++ (1560 views)
 Tasted by Vinsant on 5/26/2014: Fun bottle to try alongside an 09 Theodoric. The Gig was heavier on all aspects. Big ripe cherries, peppered meat, spice, sweet dried herbs, and anise. Balanced out after a little air and had me wanting lamb with some sort of cherry sauce. Would like to try again in a few years. (1719 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 5/23/2014: Very regionally correct which I love. Nice open bouquet on the nose, red melted fruits, dry dessert air, mild sagebrush maybe some lavender. So seamless on the palate, easy drinking with seamless fruits, spices, fresh basil and sandy earth notes. Pretty wine that was so easy to drink and killer with Koren short ribs. (1374 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 5/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Open for business from the outset. A crushed flower petal medley springs from the bottle and jumps from the glass. Clearly made from the same vineyard parcels as the previous vintage of Les Souteyrades; it shows all the same aromatics and terroir elements. This is a softer, more refined, less flashy wine though; slightly more restrained yet every bit as sumptuous. Drank this over three days and it was as good on the third as the first. The Yin to the 2010 vintage's Yang.

The 2011 La Louisiane is even better. (1564 views)
 Tasted by farinas on 3/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Well crafted wine with solid core of red fruits and pinch of depth. I like it over La Louisiane in this vintage. (847 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 12/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 30 minutes and then drank with beef chili. Dark red color. On nose, raspberry, red licorice & baking spice. Similar palate with silky, glycerin mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied but high acidity (low ph) provided balance and medium+ finish. 92-93 Excellent value and would buy again. Very fruit primary now but delicious. (1478 views)
 Tasted by thetong on 10/14/2013 & rated 91 points: Big and bold. Spice and red fruit on the palate. A bit hot on the tannin-aggressive finish. A few years laid down should settle that out. For $30-32 it's a great QPR find. (1175 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 9/27/2013: Well that's a big wine. Lots of sweet red fruit, spice and richness. Big stuff but wonderful. (1439 views)
 Tasted by Cesar Riviere on 4/19/2013 & rated 95 points: On a spicier and more masculine style than the other cuvees, this is full of smoked berries, with an unique multidimentional profile! Wow, St-Damien has here a great wine, rivaling the top CdP from the same vintage. 95+points! (1620 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2014, IWC Issue #172
(Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2013, IWC Issue #166
(Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #13 (10/1/2012)
(Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades Red) Login and sign up and see review text.   93-96 points
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Domaine Saint-Damien

Producer website

I was blown away by how the 2007 Gigondas cuvees, which I had rated very highly from barrel last year, had put on weight and texture, and had become essentially as compelling as Gigondas can be. Clearly St.-Damien’s young proprietor, Joel Saurel, has moved this estate alongside the appellation’s two superstars, Domaine Santa Duc and Chateau Saint-Cosme. The three cuvees of 2007 Gigondas are absolutely profound. I am not sure I haven’t underrated them as I had them on two separate occasions and the numerical scores listed are actually from the lower rated tasting. Come what may, these are unreal wines. For statisticians, these wines are aged 6-8 weeks in cement tanks before they are moved to old wood foudres for 12 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The renowned Philippe Cambie is the consultant. All three of these Gigondas cuvees are amazing wines. Kudos to Joel Saurel! - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

St.-Damien was an Early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), considered the patron saint of doctors. There was a chapel to his honor in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel lives. Saurel’s ancestors thus took the name St.-Damien for the domaine.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


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