Plan de Dieu Saint-Damien, 2017
Taste Profile Where it's from
Joel and Romain Saurel are producing gorgeous wines in the heart of rugged Gigondas – part of the southern Rhône. Today, Gigondas is an expensive wine often surpassing Châteauneuf, yet the Plan de Dieu AC represents fantastic value for money. Made from old-vines (some 70 years old), this exemplary Côtes du Rhône is more than a match for many more illustrious appellations. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
St. Damien was an Early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), considered the patron saint of doctors. The name Saint Damien for the domaine was introduced in 1979. Four generations have worked on this family estate since 1821, and the estate was certified organic in 2012.
The vineyards are located in the relatively new appellation of Plan de Dieu, which translates as Plan of God in English. Despite the first historical mentions of the "Plan Dei", which date back to a parchment from 1326.
The lieu-dit of Plan de Dieu was only designated a red wine producing appellation in 2005, however the vines in this vineyard are much older and it sits on an alluvial plateau with calcareous gravel, which retains water, helping to preserve the vines during the hot and often arid summer months.
Goes well with
Full-bodied, with dark fruit flavours and a hint of spice and oak, this is a lovely autumnal red that works very well as a match for robust dishes such as pan-fried duck breast, fillet steak and seasonal game birds.
2016 was a great vintage in the Rhône and this has given the wine additional sweetness on the palate which is an ideal match with soft cheeses such as Brie and Brillat-Savarin.
Plan de Dieu Vielle Vignes
|Grapes||Grenache 80%, Mourvèdre 15%, Carignan 5%|
Plan de Dieu DO, Rhône
|Organic / Biodynamic||Yes / No|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / Yes|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|