2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 92-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Red Wine
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"Fresh in feel, with bright red currant, damson plum and raspberry coulis notes streaming through, laced with pretty floral and mineral details along the way. Offers a long, pure finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,600 cases made, 400 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Offering a mélange of black olives and mixed berries on the nose, the 2017 Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits is mostly Grenache and Syrah, with smaller portions of Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Medium to full-bodied and ripe yet sturdy, it has tightened up considerably since last year (pre-bottling) and now looks as if it will need a couple of years to reopen and smooth out.

This prominent Gigondas estate owns several small parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape, three of which are bottled separately. Young Benjamin Gras believes in a lengthy elevage, so this was a first chance to see the 2017s out of bottle, as well as the newly bottled 2018s. Unfortunately, there was no 2018 La Crau Ouest produced (mildew). " (WA)

"Lurid violet color. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry preserves, incense and succulent flowers, along with a vibrant mineral element build in the glass. Offers concentrated yet lively red berry liqueur, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that stain the palate and display sharp clarity and mineral lift. Finishes with impressive nerviness and cut. Silky tannins frame the wine’s lingering, sweet fruit." (VM)

"What was previously released as the traditional Gigondas, the 2017 Gigondas Aux Leux Dits comes from four different terroirs (mostly on the lower plateau) and is raised in tank. It’s a crunchy, fresh, elegant wine that has a certain Burgundian style in its acid and tannin profile. Incorporating slightly less Grenache than normal, it has outstanding potential and should have 10-12+ years of prime drinking as well." (JD)