Dunnuck (92-94): The 2015 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes is a ripe and sexy effort that’s loaded with notions of black cherries, blackberries, Provencal herbs and spice. I’m not sure it rivals the 2007, but this full-bodied effort has fabulous purity, ripe tannin and a big finish Located down on the lower plateau of Gigondas, Domaine St Damien is run by the Saurel family, with consulting advice from Philippe Cambie. The estate covers 24 hectares in total, with 12 of those located in Gigondas, all planted around the estate. They made three Gigondas cuvees: two single vineyards and an old vine cuvee, which is a blend from all the parcels. These are classic, old school efforts that harvest ripe, are destemmed and aged all in very old foudre and concrete tanks. In great years, few wines deliver more hedonistic pleasure married to classic Provencal character.
(91-93): Dark ruby. Aromas and flavors of ripe red and blue fruits pick up floral and peppery spice nuances as the wine opens up. Smooth and expansive on the palate, showing very good depth as well as energy and spicy back-end lift. The gently gripping, very persistent finish leaves behind hints of candied flowers and licorice.