Domaine Saint-Damien Vin de Pays “Le Dix” 2014
Domaine Saint-Damien Vin de Pays “Le Dix” 2014 | Bottle Price: $15.99 | Case Price: $172.69
Last month we brought you a wine from a producer located in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This month we have a wine from a producer in neighboring Gigondas. What these selections have in common, besides coming from the Southern Rhone, is that they really over-deliver in value. Fine producers put as much love and care into their entry level bottlings as they do their high-end wines. When you taste them, it’s clear. Domaine Saint-Damien is certified organic and their goal is to produce wines expressive of terroir, tradition, and balance.
This blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Marselan is vinified in concrete tanks and offers up beautiful aromatics of black raspberry, blackberry pie, cocoa powder, and sweet spices. It’s round in the mouth, fruit-forward with notes of cassis and cocoa dusted blackberries. Medium-bodied with nicely integrated acidity and low tannins – it’s wonderfully enjoyable to drink. The low tannins and round fruit make it easy to pair with a variety of dishes but we think Marinated Lamb with Chimichurri Butter is the best pairing of all.
The Grenache grape dominates this blend with its ripe fruit flavors. Marselan is a lesser known grape that is a crossing between Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines made from Marselan are medium-bodied with fine tannins and characteristics of cherry and cassis.