Domaine Santa Duc Aux Lieux Dits Gigondas 2019
Fruit driven, with fine herbaceous notes in its youth, it generally undergoes a slow evolution towards more spicy notes after several years’ cellaring. Blend:75% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 2% Cinsault This sports a fun tumble of cassis, cherry paste and raspberry coulis notes, while red licorice, roasted applewood and tar accents fill in. Has range and energy from start to finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourv dre and Cinsault. Best from 2023 through 2036. Grenache to the fore, strawberry and Victoria plum, but all the varieties make themselves known. This is medium-bodied, not excessive, large or heavy with real purity and drinkability. It has a good sense of balance and elegance with fine tannins. The alcohol is warm but not out of balance. Eight different plots around Gigondas, biodynamically farmed, partly destemmed. Moving to the 2019s from bottle, the 2019 Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits has a beautiful bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, ground pepper, and floral nuances. With obvious minerality and medium to full-bodied richness on the palate, it’s a terrific base cuv e that shines for its elegance and balance. It will keep for 15 years or more. This cuv e comes from eight different parcels and is partially destemmed and aged in foudre and amphora. The blend wasn’t specified. Best after 2022.