Since he took over Domaine Santa Duc in 1985, Yves Gras has placed his focus on sustainable viticulture. Through organic farming practices his vineyards flourish with biodiversity, and subsequently, his wines reflect the distinct terroirs of the sites. Through his efforts he has brought the Domaine to one of the top ranks in Gigondas. Gras is considered to be one of the leading winemakers of the appellation, and he has distinguished himself through the balance and the elegance of his wines.
Yves Gras' Gigondas is one of the the most concentrated of the appellation coming from a combination of old vines (over 50 years old on average), and a late harvest. Only in the very best years does the Domaine produce a Cuvee des Hautes Garrigues. A combination of Grenache and Mourvedre, with a splash of Syrah and Cinsault, the old vines of 'Les Hautes Garrigues' are planted in draining alluvial soils over blue clay. Grapes are harvested by hand and partially de-stemmed before a long and slow fermentation on skins over two months. The wine is then racked to large, inert oak casks for maturation over 18 months, before bottling.
Dark plum-red colour. Black cherry aromas, with a light menthol edge. There is a depth to it, with lifted freshness. The palate offers concentrated black fruit, loganberries and mulberries, and a lively surge of tannins that are well integrated. A wine of interest and complexity, vigorous, with lots to appreciate through to the long, smoky finish.
JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS
Deep ruby. Expressive red and dark berry aromas are complemented by deeper suggestions of licorice and mocha. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and cherry compote flavors complemented by hints of smoky minerals and lavender pastille. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the expansive finish, which features silky tannins and resonating floral pastille and spicecake notes.'