2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Prestige Les Hautes Garrigues

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94-95
Jeb Dunnuck: 93-95+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"Gently mulled loganberry, plum and black currant fruit flavors form the core, with dark tea, tobacco and alder notes filling in on the finish and echoing nicely. Best from 2020 through 2030. 888 cases made, 100 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Comprising of the estate's oldest vines—a mix of Grenache and Mourvèdre from the le plateau in front of the village—the 2017 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues features subtle hints of smoke and crushed stone on the nose alongside scents of dark plums and black cherries. It's firm and full-bodied, with the ripe tannins and concentrated fruit to support over a decade of aging, plus a long, intense finish that adds hints of star anise and cracked pepper.

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)

"Brilliant magenta. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red/blue fruits, exotic spices and incense, along with a smoky mineral nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining raspberry and cherry pie, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors that convey a suave blend of power and finesse. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and extremely long, leaving behind exotic star anise and floral notes." (VM)

"The flagship cuvée, which comes from older vines on the lower plateau around the estate, the 2017 Gigondas Hautes Garrigues has a big chunk of Mourvèdre in 2017 (60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre brought up in tank). Possessing beautiful black fruits, spice, licorice, and hints of meatiness, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, stunning purity of fruit, and fine yet present tannins. It’s going to need bottle age but is a promising Gigondas. It’s easily my favorite in the lineup." (JD)