"A fluid, fleshy and deeply structured wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavors amid sturdy yet supple tannins. Good weight and presence."
"No surprise, the 2015 Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits is the most approachable of the 2015s, as it had already been fined and blended when I sampled it. It was aged 90% in foudres and 10% in terra-cotta. Bright cherries and raspberries carry attractive hints of ground spices in this medium to full-bodied wine. It does still have a bit of chewy tannin to resolve."
"75% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 2% Cinsault. 100% destemmed. Matured for 18 months in oak foudres. Cask sample.
Tasted blind. Rich and opulent on the nose – with lots of immediate delivery and some strong strawberry notes. Masses of pleasure. 16.5/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
"The Domaine Santa Duc has emerged in just over a decade as the number one estate for quality in Gigondas. […] Is this the finest estate in Gigondas? As the following notes demonstrates, Santa Duc combines the muscle, richness and fire of a classic Gigondas with a degree of elegance and purity that many wines of this appellation lack." ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The World's Greatest Wine Estates
Gigondas- Aux Lieux-Dits
This cuvee reflects all our locations in Gigondas. It gets its character through the connection between eight different vineyards and four typical grape varieties of the Rhône Valley. Alluvial soils, red and blue clay, as well as marl lime, add to the taste and fragrance of this elegant and expressive wine as do the grape varieties of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Each terroir contributes to the overall picture with its character. Typically characterized by fresh fruit and noble, vegetal aromas in its youth, it usually develops a bouquet of exotic spices after a few years of bottle storage. Origin: The vineyards are situated in 8 different localities of Gigondas (called "lieux-dits" in French). Thus the cuvee is called "from different localities" ("Aux Lieux-dits"). Grape varieties: Grenache 75 %, Syrah 10 %, Mourvèdre 13 %, Cinsault 2 %. (40 years old vines). Vinification: Hand picked and sorted, partly destemmed, natural yeasts, long maceration. Ageing: 18 months in casks (foudres) and terracotta jars. Soils: Aluvial, quaternary, stony red clay soils in the localities called : Les Hautes Garrigues, Les Carbonnières, Les Rocassières, Santa Duc, Les Pailleroudas, Les Routes. Blue clay in the locality called: Goujard et Plane. Calcareous marly soils from the Cretaceous in the locality called: Clos Derrière Vieille.