2018 Santa Duc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Saintes Vierges

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This lighter expression of Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a thing of charm and beauty, with emphasis on perfume and poise.

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This is a wine to get excited about. While the Grenache blends from Southern Rhone have been, much like Australian styles, bulkier and bolder reds, there is a movement towards freshness, fruit clarity and elegance. The Les Saintes Vierges definitely fits into this, with no new oak and time spent in clay vessels.

The fruit was sourced from sandy, well draining soils, which basically means that you have a gorgeous fruity and floral lift coming through. And given that the Grenache component is old vine material, what a lift that is. It's medium bodied, with an incredibly attractive red cherry colour and explosive nose. Rose petal, cherry, white pepper, dried herbs and fresh berries all come through, with delicate tannins and sumptuous mouth feel. Utterly gorgeous. This is what Santa Duc is all about.

Exclusively located in the Les Saintes Vierges to the east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Soil of rough sand, rich in quartz and mica with shell debris from safres of the Miocene period.


The grapes are hand-picked into crates and sorted manually in the vineyard before a second, table sorting in the cellar. A proportion is destemmed, the quantity being determined by the nature of the vintage and the parcel, and the grapes are fed by gravity into the vats to ensure the integrity of the berries. The well-being of the vines is detectable in the wines that come from this parcel, reflected in the harmony, the delicate floral notes and the spicy aromas of the wine with its fine tannic structure marked by a sense of place.

97 Points - "From the lightest, sandiest soils in the Gras Châteauneuf stable. 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 labelled (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

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