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2017 Domaine Santa Duc Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pied de Baud

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96Wine Enthusiast

...stands out for the seduction of its smoky, floral nose. Raspberry and red cherry flavors are pristine and plump, etched by fine strokes of fur, charred earth, violet and tea leaves...opulent...fine, persistent tannins.

95The Wine Advocate

...roses and star anise on the nose, then adds raspberry and cherry fruit...medium to full-bodied, sturdy and intense, with a rich, velvety feel and long finish.

94Wine Spectator

Ripe and fresh, with a racy edge to the mix of red currant, raspberry and damson plum coulis flavors, all supported by bright acidity and supple, fine-grained tannins, backed by floral mineral and rooibos tea notes on the mouthwatering finish.

94Vinous / IWC

A complex bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, potpourri and smoky minerals, all accented by an exotic spice nuance. Densely packed as well as energetic in style, offering sappy black raspberry, bitter cherry, succulent herb and spicecake flavors that turn sweeter through the back half. Finishes juicy, gently tannic and very long, leaving behind mineral, garrigue and cherry liqueur notes.

91-93Jeb Dunnuck

Ripe black cherries, pepper, earth, and bouquet garni-like notes...medium to full-bodied, elegant, nicely textured...


Domaine Santa Duc

Domaine Santa Duc is in Quartier des Hautes Garrigues, Gigondas, in the Southern Rhone Valley. The 25-acre estate has been owned for generations by the Gras family, and it is today run by Yves Gras. The estate is best known for its various Gigondas cuvees, although Gras also offers other Rhone wines through his negociant label. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Yves Gras “one of the stars of Gigondas… (He) turns out some of the most complex, concentrated, long-lived, potentially complex wines of the southern Rhone.”


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.