2010 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas

SKU #1219741 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Up there with the best of the appellation and easily my favorite vintage to date, the 2010 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues (80% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault aged all in foudre) is a powerful, yet elegant Gigondas that oozes class and poise. Showing brilliantly pure aromas of blackberry, violets, garrigue, saddle leather, and mineral on the nose, this full-bodied 2010 is perfectly balanced, possesses layers fruit, a seamless, silky texture, and blockbuster length on the finish. While incredibly fresh and elegant, there is still a fair dose of tannin to integrate, so give bottles a handful of years to round into shape. It should drink well for two decades or more.  (9/2012)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Up with the 2007 and 2001, the sensational 2010 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues is a full-bodied, incredibly rich, yet pure and balanced Gigondas that offers off-the-hook notes of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice and roasted herb aromas and flavors. It's still a baby and needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years, but it will have 2-3 decades of overall longevity. It could be a candidate for perfection at maturity. (JD) 97+  (10/2016)

94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid purple. Pungent, heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and incense, with a strong Indian spice quality gaining strength with air. Palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive depth, with a zesty mineral providing lift. The finish echoes the spicy note and lingers with excellent tenacity. This very complex Gigondas offers a striking blend of power and vivacity. (JR)  (2/2012)

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- 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.
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