Rhône Valley

Domaine SANTA DUC

Gigondas

Yves Gras elevated the house style at Domaine Santa Duc and changed the way many people thought about Gigondas. Now joined by his son Benjamin, together they are making wine with all the hallmark spicy dark fruited character and depth that Gigondas is famed for, but with added emphasis on freshness and minerality.

Background

The Gras family have been making wine in Gigondas since at least the 1870s, today the winery is still on the same site. The modern era here really begins in 1985 when Yves took over his family domaine. His first move was to begin the conversion to organic viticulture, one of the earliest domaines in the village to do so. Yves understood that this was the best way to emphasise his beloved terroir and let it speak clearly. He gained plaudits internationally for his wines which, in the words of Robert Parker, “combined the muscle, richness and fire of a classic Gigondas with a degree of elegance and purity that many wines of this appellation lack.” Yves son Benjamin joined the domaine and is now very much driving things forward, he has been responsible for the conversion to biodynamics and the further emphasis on single vineyard wines. like his father he believes in minimal intervention, low yields, old vines and working with precision and vigour.

The wines have never been better, from the everyday wine Les Plans to the single site Chateauneuf and Gigondas, every bottle delivers quality and excitement, pure fruit and depth.

Current Vintages

RedVintage
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet, 5% others. This is a terrific wine, showing complexity and depth that belies its price. We drink masses at home, and I often chill it a little which seems to emphasise its freshness.
2016
60% Old Grenache vines, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault, Cournoise and Carignan. The quality factor here is the old, 50 year plus, vines and the complex mix of soils upon which they grow. SO2 is kept to a bare minimum during vinification and elevage to emphasise the purity of the fruit. Superb CDR.
2015
75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault. Produced from vines with an average age of 40 years growing in 8 separate plots, ‘lieux dits, covering all of Gigondas’ soil types. In Yves and Benjamin’s hands the result is a classical, complex wine which is full of rich dark fruit and garrigue, with a firm tannic spine and a mineral finesse. Perfect with roast Lamb studded with Anchovy, Rosemary and Garlic.
2014
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