Gigondas Grand Grenache 66 2010

Santa Duc

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Tasting Notes

Although it is almost impossible to find, Yves Gras’s 100% old vine Grenache, the 2010 Gigondas Grand Grenache 66 is well-worth a search of the marketplace. Aged completely in foudre, it boasts over-the-top richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel, lots of black fruits, loads of viscosity, alcohol and fruit extract and supple tannins. It, too, should drink well for 20 years.

Score: 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2012-2032 01 October 2012

Playing it slightly closer to the vest, but with a similar character, is the 2010 Grand Grenache 66. The alcohol is about 1% lower, and the wine has a slightly lower pH and higher total acids. The kirsch liqueur component is there, along with spring flowers, cedar, black currants and some loamy soil notes. It is full-bodied, but not as massive and intense as the 2009. I am sure this wine will put on weight during its elevage in foudres in the cellars of Santa Duc, so it will be interesting to see how it shows next year out of bottle.

Score: 92 - 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 01 October 2011

My favorite of the lineup and about as good as Gigondas (or Grenache for that matter) gets, the 2010 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Grand Grenache 66 is a selection of the best plots of Grenache located around the estate. Aged for 18 months in foudre, it is a quintessential Grenache that possesses extraordinary purity and complexity, as well as thrilling aromas of kirsch liqueur, blackberry, roasted meats, lavender, flowers, and garrigue that all soar from the glass. Despite the intensity here, it is never heady or over the top in any way. Full-bodied and weightless on the palate, yet with brilliant concentration, a seamless, silky texture, and fabulous underlying structure and purity, this monumental effort is approachable now due to the texture and fruit, yet will be even better in a handful of years. It will drink well for upwards of two decades.

Score: 99

Jeb Dunnuck, 30 September 2012