Domaine Saint Damien, Vieille Vigne, Plan de Dieu, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

91/100 Superlative

Organic by tradition

Once again, we are in the heart of the Cote du Rhone. The colourful, southern part of France where Grenache and Mourvedre grapes are at their best.

Process-wise, maceration is the traditional 30 days. They then store the young wine in concrete tanks for eight months.

A unique sense of place

Domaine Saint Damien's vineyards lie at the foot of a limestone rock formation located on the ridge of the eroded Mont Ventoux.

Red deep clay combined with iron shaped limestone stones sitting on the surface of the vineyard provide a unique home for the 75 year old vines.

A bottle of beauty

This 2019 has a powerful nose packed full of chocolate and black fruit and a palate that screams of black cherries, blackcurrants and a wonderful underlying liquorice scent.

It has a real power in the mouth that makes you sit up and think. Perfectly balanced tannins and fruit that make you slouch back in pleasure.

The wine is unfined and unfiltered: beautiful!

Final verdict

Approach: Organic, Vegan

Grape Varieties: Grenache 80%, Mourvèdre 15%, Carignan 5%

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%

Climate: Mediterranean

Soil: Pebbles / Stones

Flavours: Fruity

Structure: Powerful

Style: Bold

Closure: Cork