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Domaine Santa Duc was founded in Gigondas 1874 and is now led by 6th generation owner and winemaker, Benjamin Gras. After Benjamin received his diploma of oenology at the University of Bourgogne he spent time at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Bodega Vega-Sicilia learning from some of the wine world's most famous estates. The goal at Santa Duc has always been to produce top-quality fruit from impeccably tended vineyard sites, the style of winemaking has changed with each generation....
The old Grenache vines, supported by Mourvèdre and Counoise, seem to have a penchant for the finesse and lightness of these sandy soils situated in the southeaster part of the appellation, which are slightly warmer than those of “La Crau Ouest”. The well-being of the vines reflects in the balanced taste of the wine, whose fine tannin structure entirely corresponds with the character of the terroir.
Lieu-dit (single vineyard) Les Saintes Vierges, in the East of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Brown to light brown limestone from Miocene «safre» (marly sand).
Hand picked grapes are meticulously sorted and destemmed before being put through a quick gentle maceration and a soft punch down. Ageing takes place in large recent casks (foudres) for during 18 months.
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The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Saintes Vierges is the most flattering of Santa Duc's current releases, offering lushness and generosity on the palate, notes of cherries and licorice, creamy-supple tannins and a mouthwatering finish. It's a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise.See detailed press review