DOMAINE SANTA DUC, Gigondas
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
Vdp du Vaucluse Les Plans is a blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it comes from grapes planted in Côtes du Rhone vineyards but has lost the right to the appellation controlee because of the Merlot and Cabernet found in its blend. This is an authentic, full-flavoured Southern Rhone wine, a touch rustic, but with real power and a certain touch of finesse.
“If you like the taste of Châteauneuf du Pape but not the prices, then look no further than this little beauty. Earthy sweet fruit combines with a fresh trickle of acid to deliver up an impressively tasty and lengthy mouthful… Punches way above its weight” – RAYMOND BLAKE, Food and Wine