Domaine Santa Duc, “Famille Gras” Les Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2017

$16.99

Origin : Collections of old vines (50 years old) consisting mainly of Grenache.

Grape varieties  : Old Grenache vines 60 %, Syrah 20 %, Mourvèdre 10 %, various others (Cinsault, Cournoise, Carignan) 10 %.

Production process : Harvesting with all stalks removed, a long maceration and controlled temperatures.

Ageing process  : Ageing in vats on lees with a small dose of sulphur (SO2) to enhance the fruit and its freshness.

Land : Collections of several soil type : lithosol, marl and red clay soils.

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Description

Rising as a pillar of quality out of the soils of Gigondas is Domaine Santa Duc—an estate that’s history stretches back to 1874. Through five generations, the caretakers of the domaine have demonstrated a respect for the land, with Santa Duc ascending to prominence as a pioneer of organic viticulture in the region under the care of its indomitable vigneron, Yves Gras. The wines cultivated by Gras typify classic Gigondas—elegant, focused, polished. In his 32 years at the helm, Gras has branched out to nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Rasteau, creating wines of exceptional balance and quality. Gras seamlessly integrates fruit born from two distinct soil types into harmonious cuvees that are representative of the unique terroir of the Southern Rhone Valley. In working only with indigenous yeasts and bottling without filtration, Gras executes with a simplicity that leads to purity of expression in his wines.

With the 2017 vintage, Gras’ son, Benjamin, has assumed the helm of Domaine Santa Duc, making his mark immediately with the introduction of biodynamic farming techniques and the construction of a new winemaking facility on the property.

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