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| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Sweet bouquet with ripe red and some dark berries, a lot of garrigue, sweet spices and some sweet licorice. The same impressions on the palate. Good acidity and melted tannin. A beautiful and expressive wine which is completely ready now, but there is no extreme hurry. Probably wise to drink it over the next 2 – 3 years. (339 views)|
| ||Tasted by europat55 on 1/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Simply delicious!! (751 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/3/2015 & rated 93 points: See previous notes. As always a great pleasure. Elegance and length. Not tired yet. Until 2017 is no problem, but ready now. (791 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vinoevelo on 11/16/2014: Dark, deep purple. Barnyard/animal nose with leather and hints of licorice that carried through the palate with cherry & kirsch. Med+ body. Made in a bigger style, but enough acidity to balance it. Drinking well now with good years ahead of it. A testament to the strength of the '01 vintage in the rhone. (932 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 5/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Red fruits, earth, spiciness, leather, wet forest and a touch of barnyard in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Cherries and dark forest fruits, garrigue, vanilla, almonds, licorice, chocolate, beautiful fresh acidity and soft tannin with still a nice bite. Beautiful wine that never disappoints. Ready now and still a few years ahead. (1435 views)|
| ||Tasted by whudock on 11/3/2013 & rated 92 points: still has lots of cherry with nice notes of leather and spice complementing an earthy quality. (2004 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tgood on 11/1/2013 & rated 90 points: healthy youthful deep pigmentation; clean reticent nose of pruneaux, kirsch, and rosemary; still clenched in mouth with a good dose of still astringent tannins; long finish of anise (1634 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 9/17/2013: WOOF! Some bottle variation here - this bottle was a monster. Massive, sweet fruit with wave after wave of farmyard and spices. Meaty, dense and a bit of heat. Previous bottles had been much more reserved. Quite tough after 1 glass. Decanted for 8 hours as well. (2075 views)|
| ||Tasted by Chainthroer on 9/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Last tasted 17 months ago. Now the rim is yellow-brown. A dark ruby color, with reddish bricking characteristics. An awesome nose of blackberry, raspberry, game meat, leather, spice, some Provencal herbs, and cigar box from the oak. Similar flavors, along with a touch of licorice and lots of pepper. Big, rich and powerful in the mouth; fairly intense fruit. Very well structured. Again the tannins are not yet resolved and leave an acidic sting on the tongue. However the long finish seems somewhat soft and peppery. The wine has lots of time left and probably is not close to it maturity plateau. Again, it pairs quite nice with prime rib-eye steak. Pretty good Gigondas. (1816 views)|
| ||Tasted by thewineoceros on 8/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Power and perfume, lacks subtlety, but enjoyable, and drinking well. Not quite as good as other bottles tried to date. Certainly in its drinking window (1576 views)|
| ||Tasted by Strikermax on 2/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Donkerrood, paars. In de ontwikkelde neus wat stallucht, leder, chocolade en vlees. Cassis en braam in de smaak, met provencaalse kruiden, kiezelsteen en eikenhout. Stevige, goed geïntegreerde tannines en een lánge afdronk. Al behoorlijk ontwikkeld, maar met voldoende structuur om nog een aantal jaar mee te kunnen. (1372 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 1/15/2013: Impressive quality here that is the embodiment of the Southern Rhone. Beautifully balanced and maturing fruit infused through with wild herbs, crushed rock, black/red fruit. A touch of barnyard in there as well. This carries its 15% alcohol very lightly - very understated and reserved. Approachable now, but this has years left in it. (1711 views)|
| ||Tasted by thewineoceros on 12/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Full flavour, berries and spice. Acidity really keeps this together. Consistent with previous notes. Drinking well now, but will be interested to see if any further development occurs. 90+ (1292 views)|
| ||Tasted by chbeaumont on 12/9/2012 & rated 92 points: Very impressive; concentrated, balanced, drinking well. Currently better drinking than '98. (1626 views)|
| ||Tasted by drwine2001 on 11/13/2012: Medium ruby with mature edge. Medium weight. Very lively but not sweet red fruits and just a touch of herbs. The wood was much less noticeable than it has been on 2 other occasions. Rather elegant and so much more alive than the St. Cosme Valbelle we tasted before it. Excellent Gigondas, and I'm pleased to see that the wood has receded and now plays only a minor supporting role. (1546 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tgood on 11/12/2012 flawed bottle: Dark ruby; shy nose; bitter cherry, chicory, dark roast coffee on an aggressively tannic frame (1004 views)|
| ||Tasted by thewineoceros on 10/16/2012 & rated 90 points: First bottle from a case - powerful nose, red fruit and sweet spice, hints of plumminess and a whiff of scrumpy. Still retains nice freshness, and has the structure to last. This bottle felt alittle porty, with the high alcohol. Will try again soon to check consistency. 90+ (1075 views)|
| ||Tasted by MikeZ on 10/12/2012 & rated 93 points: Plenty of life left, but drinking quite well. (1124 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/6/2012 & rated 93 points: A touch of barnyard, red fruits, sweet spices and licorice in the mature bouquet. Really beautiful. On the palate concentrated dark fruits, blood, meaty, a touch of sweetness and beautiful acidity. Although the wine is fully mature the tannin still has power enough to make this wine last for at least another 3 years. What a great pleasure to drink this! (1242 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/6/2012: This bottle was brought by someone who bought it in a shop where it has probably been stored too long at too high temperatures. The wine was brown and still drinkable, but the chocolate, celery and reductive flavors were too dominant. Luckily we had a better stored bottle. (1207 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/27/2012: First bottle from the case. Big, rich, wine. A lot of very ripe fruit - think Turley Zin from the Rhone, but with plenty of structure. I would have guessed it was all grenache based on what shows - this is fragrant, ripe, and rich. This is one for big, red meat dishes - or after dinner - but is of high quality and has plenty of structure (still some bite on the finish) to hold for a while. A- (1318 views)|
| ||Tasted by Chainthroer on 4/14/2012 & rated 92 points: A touch of yellowing at the rim; deep, dark ruby color. A lot of complexity in the nose: blackberry, raspberry, licorice, leather, a touch of game meat, lots of spice, pepper, cigar box. Big, rich and structured in the mouth; decent concentration of fruit. Lots of spice and pepper flavors. Tannins are not totally resolved, but that does not detract from the elegance of the wine. A little tannic sting on the tongue. A nice long pepper-like finish. Of course this wine pairs very nicely with prime rib-eye broiled steak. The tannic influence seems to abate with the food. Lots of time left for this wine. (1408 views)|
| ||Tasted by SineQuaNon on 1/4/2012 & rated 91 points: Wow, gorgeous Gigondas here, one of the best I have tasted. Big personality and a dark, almost brooding character yet mellowed and softened through the years this was nicely approachable but still with years to go. Masculine wine. (1778 views)|
| ||Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/12/2011: Oh well, a night of overly woody wines. Some licorice and black fruit but basically an astringent, overoaked mess with green wood tannins. I had a much more positive take on the wine when it showed much more than the lumber. (1830 views)|
| ||Tasted by MQuentel on 11/29/2011 & rated 94 points: Once again, this wine is at the prime of its life. Complex, full bodied and elegant. (2492 views)|
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
(Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Cuvee Prestige Les Hauts Garrigues) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106
(Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Cuvee Prestige Les Hauts Garrigues) Subscribe to see review text.
Domaine Santa Duc Producer website
Red Rhone Blend Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.
A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.
Prestige des Hautes GarriguesThis is the prestive Cuvée of Domaine Santa Ducs Gigondas-wines and is made in exceptional vintages only. The Hautes Garrigues is a single vineyard in Gigondas. Details on weinlagen-info
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)
Southern Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley
RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E
### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.
### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”
### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."
### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!
(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"
By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)
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