1998 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas

SKU #1122745 94 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous ripeness and exotic smoke, plum and blackberry flavors melt together in a full-bodied, creamy-textured package. Massive tannins are ripe but should close down the wine for a while, so age a few years or decant before serving.  (8/ 2000)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues achieved 15.64% alcohol, but the 1998 Mourvedre battered all records as it came in at a whopping 15.8% natural alcohol. Of course, this wine would not merit its high score if it did not completely hide the lusty alcohol. One of the advantages of low yielding, concentrated Grenache is that it easily hides high alcohol. This full-bodied black beauty offers a terrific bouquet of licorice, blackberry, cassis liqueur, and a smoky, subtle dose of wood in the background. In the mouth, it is enormously endowed, very full-bodied and textured, exceptionally pure, with a creamy mid-palate, silky tannin, and a profound finish. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018.  (10/ 2000)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby-red, brighter than the cuvee classique. Liqueur-like aromas of kirsch, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and exotic wood notes. Sappy, sweet, and port-like on the palate; huge and thick. A wine with near-solid density. Finishes with palate-drenching but sweet tannins. The raw material here-with near-16% potential alcohol (the bottled wine is 15.6%)-calls to mind Bonneau Cuvee Speciale. 93(+?) points  (2/ 2001)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5