It's no exaggeration to say that well-travelled Benjamin Gras is crafting some of the most elegant and soulful wines in the Southern Rhône.
About the Wine
While single vineyard wines are often considered to be better, given their more focused expression of terroir, there is something to be said about sourcing fruit from several different vineyards and putting them together. It tends to even things out and creates an expressive whole, rather than a single focus. This is what Santa Duc has done here, using fruit from all their Gigondas vineyards.
There is no sacrifice to quality here. It's certainly the more medium bodied and aromatic of their Gigondas, but it's truly expressive and truly beautiful. Lush berries come through, with dried rosemary and thyme, and whirlwind of fresh petals. Taut, fresh and complex, this is stunning value for money.
About Santa Duc
Long seen as a benchmark in Southern Rhone, the wines of Santa Duc are known for their concentration and longevity. Founded in 1874, the estate is currently being led by 4th generation winemaker Yves Gras and his son, Benjamin. The estate has been producing organic wines since 1985 and all fruit is hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts and bottled without filtration.
What truly sets them apart, though, is their preference for large format oak and clay amphora, allowing fruit quality to shine through. While some of the wines are traditional, muscular reds, each of them benefit from a level of elegance, restraint and grace which is unsurpassed in the region.