DOMAINE SANTA DUC, Gigondas organic
Domaine Santa Duc was founded in 1874 and Yves Gras is the 4th generation of winegrower at the estate. The name comes from Grand-Duc, the largest European owl who lives and sings during the night in the area, in provencal it translates as Canta Duc, which in time became Santa Duc.
Yves, who produces some of the most sought-after wines in the region, owns 23 ha in Gigondas, Rasteau, Cairanne and Côtes du Rhone appellations. The area is known as the garrigue, an arid, rocky section of vineyards that run north and south mid-slope between the Ouvéze and the Rhône Rivers. The roasted, dry soils are decomposed rock and the area is characterized by wild herbs, sage and cedar.
Yves’ style of viticulture has always been organic, with very low yields, hand-harvesting, use of native yeasts only and no filtration. However Yves went for the full certification which he obtained in 2012.
“Under the Domaine Santa Duc label, Gras produces some of the best buys in Côtes du Rhone … / …
his Gigondas are exhilarating wines of superb quality. They set reference points for what Gigondas can be.” Robert Parker
The Gigondas comes from 6 different vineyards where the soils are composed of red clay, limestone and sand. The blend is Grenache (75%) with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Dark and alluring, with espresso, mesquite and game notes mixed into the fig, currant and blackberry fruit. Rich, smoky finish has spice and liquorice notes. Shows power, length and balance.