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2011 and 2007 Saint Damien, VV, Cotes du Rhone


The recent government shutdown caused me to open several bottles which have been laying about for some time.  The 2007 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone has taken its time to come around. My last tasting note appears in 2004 and 2007 Domaine Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone where I commented it was still a bit spritzy as well as having gobs of tannins.  The spritz has now disappeared, or this bottle never had any, providing a solid and slightly mature Cotes du Rhone.  Robert Parker commented that the 2011s were bottled early to preserve fruit and this was evident in the very forward and fruity 2011 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone. I must admit I was surprised by all of the fruit, I guess I had a preconceived idea of what was in the bottle, but after the first taste I simply enjoyed it as it was. The 2011 is available at Weygandt Wines and the 2004 was originally purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre.  The Grenache and Carignan vines are over 60 years of age and the Mourvedre over 30 years of age.  It was both fermented and aged in concrete.  Alcohol 15%.  There was lots of fresh blue and black berries on the nose, almost jammy with more mulberry on the second night.  In the mouth the flavors of berry cobbler were clean with a little puckering trait but the ripeness kept it at bay.  The acidity was supportive of the fruit.  With air it continued to be a very forward , berrylicious wine for current consumption.  It had some black graphite in the slightly rough and drying finish.  *** Now-2016.

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2007 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone –
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This cuvee is a blend of ~80% Grenache, ~15% Carignan, and ~5% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 15%.  This has finally integrated with no spritz at all.  It has left a core of red and blue fruit, some mature aspects, and still has moderate structure.  Easy to drink, it still has some ruggedness.  ** Now-2016.

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