Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas ‘Les Hautes Garrigues’ 2020

£61.50 (75cl)

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SKU: RHSA0720B

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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. Fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats for 20 to 30 days, with two long pumping over sessions daily. Punching down is decided after tasting. Pressed pneumatically. Malolactic fermentation in vat. The wines are clarified by settling over winter in the cellar. Barrel filling occurs in the spring. 18 months in 36-hectoliter oak Stockinger foudres, and 8-hectoliter terracotta amphorae. Unfined and unfiltered at bottling.

Tasting note

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

About the producer

Yves Gras, a 4th generation vigneron, is one of the strongest personalities in the Southern Rhône; he is also very generous having helped many young wine producers to improve their techniques and to find some markets. Now joined by his son Benjamin, having finished his oenological education with a recent Stage at Domaine de la Romanée Conti, the dynamic, passionate and quality-driven duo continuously forge Domaine Santa Duc an enviable reputation.
Two soil types dominate the 23 hectares of vineyards (10 hectares in Gigondas) – one being the calcareous marls of Clos Derrière Vieille (hillside behind the old Hospices); the other being poor red stony clay soils of Les Hautes Garrigues, Les Carbonnières, Les Rocassières, Santa Duc, Les Pailleroudas, Le Goujard et Plane. Yves’ intense respect for his vines, his fruit and his wines guides his decision-making. He works to maintain biodiversity through organic farming (certified organic since 2012). It is integral to the work of the soil, the care & respect of the foliage, debudding, early harvesting, leaf removal; the ripe grapes are then picked by hand & gently crushed. Maceration for long periods to complex aromas and its coating of fine tannins, before being matured gently in oak barrels or foudres. At Domaine Santa Duc, they like to keep it simple. Cold maceration of fruit, indigenous yeasts, maturation on lees & bottling without filtration epitomise Yves’ approach. Since 2006, he has refined his style by shortening the time of cuvaison and by using different cooling methods, in order to reduce some of the severity that was previously characteristic of his wines. They still have plenty of local character and huge personality, but are certainly a little more approachable in their youth.



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