A pair of excellent 2011 Gigondas from Domaine Santa Duc
This pair of 2011 Gigondas from Domaine Santa Duc sport remarkable power with surprising drinkability given the appellation. The 2011 Domaine Santa Duc, Aux Lieux-Dits, Gigondas was formerly the cuvee Tradition as evidenced by the branded cork. This particular bottle was evocative of young, old-school Gigondas with a rather earthy profile. I find that particularly attractive. If you purchase several bottles then you may enjoy the evolution of this wine. The 2011 Domaine Santa Duc, Prestige des Hautes Garrigues, Gigondas is a step up in terms of power, concentration, and structure. I have found some past vintages a bit intense, in terms of the new oak, but not in this one. The core of deep fruit is there, the structure is very supportive and not obvious as new oak, and the whole bit is kept lively by the acidity. These wines have remarkable staying power so be sure to stock up for future drinking. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Domaine Santa Duc, Aux Lieux-Dits, Gigondas – $27
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault sourced from vines averaging 35-50 years old that was aged for 18 months in wood casks and tuns. Alcohol 15%. There were brighter, red fruit aromas followed by earthy, greenhouse, and wood infused flavors. The wine had a cooler entry with quickly building red fruit, weight, and texture. There was an undeniably ripe core of fruit, that with air, developed some lifted complexity, creaminess, and more wood notes. The wine sheds earthiness with air. ***(*) Now-2030.
2011 Domaine Santa Duc, Prestige des Hautes Garrigues, Gigondas – $40
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections. This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre sourced from vines averaging 35-90 years old that was aged 18 months in 100% new oak casks. Alcohol 15%. The more subtle nose made way to brighter red fruit that was lively with acidity. With air the wine showed plenty of clean fruit, good quality tannins, and mineral infused black and red fruit. The spicy, Big Red structure was present, supporting a core of complex fruit. There was extract and a bit of structural roughness in the finish followed by a long aftertaste. **** Now-2035+.