Domaine Santa Duc Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Saintes Vierges 2018

£44.95

From sandy soils this is the most elegant of the Santa Duc Chateauneuf, beautifully marrying richness and finesse.

Colour

Red

Country

France

Domaine

Domaine Santa Duc

Grape

Grenache, Mourvèdre

Region

Rhone

Vintage

2018

Description

Certified Organic and Biodynamic. A 70 year-old vineyard co-planted with 80% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, and 2% Counoise. The sandy soil has quartz and mica and gives elegant wines with fine tannins and structure, and delicate floral elements which compliment the wines power. Aged in Foudre and Terracotta. Bottled with no fining or filtration.

“From the lightest, sandiest soils in the Gras Châteauneuf stable, the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Saintes Vierges is a blend of 80% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre and 2% Cousoise. Befitting its origins, it’s the most perfumed of the three wines this year, with floral, rose-like notes, a veritable potpourri of spice and herb shadings and a vibrant core of red berries. It’s labeled (like the others) at 14% alcohol but feels lighter on the palate, soaring in silky arches of intermingled red berries and delicate tannins, then lingering elegantly on the finish.”

Joe Czerwinski Wine Advocate Issue 251

 

About the Domaine

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.

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