Recently, binNotes popped into venerable Madison Cellars to kill some time before a meeting, where owner Fred Andrews graciously conducted a ‘thirty years’ worth of wine knowledge in 30 minutes’ tour for the ever-learning through the French wine section, concluding with a fortuitous introduction to hidden gem Saint-Damien Côtes du Rhone 2009 Vieilles Vignes.
Here’s some scribbled binNotes upon tasting: “deep ruby color…slightly herbaceous…cedar…red berry…raspberry…balanced…smooth finish…” Also, circled emphatically on the label: ‘non-filtré’ and ‘vieilles vignes.’ And the ages of those ‘old vines’? Grenache (1959), Carignan (1948), Mouvedre (1978).
For the non-plussed-by-awards-purists among us (and we know who we are) please don’t hold Robert Parker’s high marks against it . Check out Saint-Damien’s website for more on this pour. Cheers!