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2018 Santa Duc Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues

Gigondas, France

A muscular and graceful Gigondas, with equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre. Flawlessly balanced.

HIGH SCORE

$128.00

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About
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

This wine has a foot in both camps. There is no denying that it is a full bodied, powerful creation, but you also have to respect the elegance and softness here. Most impressively, it has the confidence and charm to pull this off.

A 50/50 blend, it's hard to tell where the Grenache stops and the Mourvedre begins - both seamlessly meld into the other. There is plenty of bright forest fruits coming from one, and a whole lot of savoury complexity coming from the other. They both lift each other up, showing the inherent quality of this 150 year old vineyard.

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

These are our historic parcels, the terroir in which the wines of our estate have been firmly rooted for six generations, starting when the Domaine was established in 1874. In 1852 the town council of Gigondas decided to auction 12 hectares of communal land, and the vines that were soon planted there revealed these great terroirs.

The wines that come from these parcels are profound and serious, with spicy, liquorice notes and chewy tannins which give them extraordinary cellaring capacity.

Blend : Grenache (50%), Mourvedre (50%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

96Points
Wine Advocate

"A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Mourvedre this vintage, the 2018 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues is more open and approachable than the somewhat dense and closed 2017. Floral hints of garrigue appear on the nose, and the fruit is less concentrated and suppler, making it easier to drink now. Mixed berries mark the full-bodied palate, framed by silky tannins and bright acids, leading into a long, mouthwatering finish." Joe Czerwinski

95Points
Decanter

"This is a profound wine – a very lithe, full, flowing style, quite nakedly fruity. The acidity is a little on the low side and it’s currently pretty backward but harbouring some subtle floral and spice notes among the brooding black fruits. The Mourvèdre has a strong stamp on the wine this year. It’s very long and deep with a sonorous finish. From very old vines, biodynamically-grown on red clay and limestone, partly destemmed which then spends 18 months in recent 3,600l Stockinger barrels and 8,00l amphorae." - Matt Walls (Decanter)

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