Domaine SANTA DUC, Gigondas


Yves Gras is one of the most engaging characters I work with.  With rugged good looks, seemingly hewn from the local terrain, and with an obvious twinkle in his searching blue eyes, his wines are uncompromising in their honest reflection of soil and grape from this part of the Southern Rhone.  They are drawn principally from Grenache, Mourvѐdre, Syrah and Cinsault grown on two soils, one calcareous marl, and the other poor red stony clay from which his top cuvée of Gigondas ‘Hautes Garrigues’ is made. There are plenty of old vines too, with 80% of old vine Grenache in both the Gigondas ‘Garanciѐres’ and ‘Hautes Garrigues’ which also draws from a 15% old vine Mourvѐdre.  He harvests late, and does not de-stem in either Gigondas cuvée, and only partially de-stems in his village Côtes du Rhône, such as Vacquerasand Cairanne. The entry point Vin de Pays de Vaucluse is one of the most enjoyable and challenging of its category I know of from any part of France.

Red wine Vintage
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2010
Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes 2010
Roaix 'Les Crottes' 2008
Cairanne,  'Les Buissons' AC Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010
Vacqueras, 'Les Aubes' AC Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010
Gigondas, 'Les Garanciѐres' 2010/11
Gigondas 'Tradition' 2010
Gigondas,  ‘Les Hautes Garrigues’                        2007/10
White wine Vintage
Sablet 'Le Fournas', AC Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013

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