2018 Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits

Gigondas, France

An aromatic, impressive and textural Grenache blend. Sourced from vineyards throughout Gigondas, it's also a masterpiece in blending.


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.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

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.

Benjamin and Yves Gras
Benjamin and Yves Gras
Southern Rhone, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

This wine reflects all our vineyards in Gigondas. Its character is drawn from eight different places, expressed through four Rhone grape varieties, each one of them bringing its personality and complementarity, contributing to the overall picture.

Fruit driven, with fine herbaceous notes in its youth, it generally undergoes a slow evolution towards more spicy notes after several years’ cellaring.

Blend : Grenache (75%), Mourvedre (13%), Shiraz (10%), Cinsault (2%).
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

The amphorae at Santa Duc
The amphorae at Santa Duc
Southern Rhone, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Decanter Magazine

"Discreetly floral with blueberry and liquorice - rounded and juicy. A discrete style of wine, but it’s well balanced and has a sense of drinkability. There’s a nice sense of tannic finesse and it has good sense of direction and focus. Firm and well balanced, without excesses. Eight different plots around Gigondas, biodynamically farmed, partly destemmed." Matt Walls

The Wine Advocate

"Currently more floral and expressive on the nose than the 2017, although less concentrated, the 2018 Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits boasts hints of peppery spice, garrigue, a hint of roses and blueberry and raspberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and taut, striking a good balance between ripeness and acidity, particularly noticeable on the long, mouthwatering finish." Joe Czerwinski


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