Domaine Santa Duc, Côtes du Rhône Rouge ‘Les Quatre Terres’ 2018

£16.50 (75cl)

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SKU: RHSA0418C

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Sourced from plots in Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Roaix and Séguret; hence ‘Quatre Terres’. Harvesting by hand with a strict selection. Fermentation for 20 days (whole bunch). Matured on lees in vat.

About the producer

Yves Gras, a 4th generation vigneron, is one of the strongest personalities in the Southern Rhône; he is also very generous having helped many young wine producers to improve their techniques and to find some markets. Now joined by his son Benjamin, having finished his oenological education with a recent Stage at Domaine de la Romanée Conti, the dynamic, passionate and quality-driven duo continuously forge Domaine Santa Duc an enviable reputation.
Two soil types dominate the 23 hectares of vineyards (10 hectares in Gigondas) – one being the calcareous marls of Clos Derrière Vieille (hillside behind the old Hospices); the other being poor red stony clay soils of Les Hautes Garrigues, Les Carbonnières, Les Rocassières, Santa Duc, Les Pailleroudas, Le Goujard et Plane. Yves’ intense respect for his vines, his fruit and his wines guides his decision-making. He works to maintain biodiversity through organic farming (certified organic since 2012). It is integral to the work of the soil, the care & respect of the foliage, debudding, early harvesting, leaf removal; the ripe grapes are then picked by hand & gently crushed. Maceration for long periods to complex aromas and its coating of fine tannins, before being matured gently in oak barrels or foudres. At Domaine Santa Duc, they like to keep it simple. Cold maceration of fruit, indigenous yeasts, maturation on lees & bottling without filtration epitomise Yves’ approach. Since 2006, he has refined his style by shortening the time of cuvaison and by using different cooling methods, in order to reduce some of the severity that was previously characteristic of his wines. They still have plenty of local character and huge personality, but are certainly a little more approachable in their youth.



Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

Tasted from foudre, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone les Quatres Terres blends fruit from Rasteau, Roaix, Séguret and Vacqueras. Mostly Grenache, it boasts floral hints and almost jammy raspberry fruit. Medium-bodied, it's silky and gentle in the mouth, with an appealing softness for near-term drinking. (Joe Czerwinski) Points: 87 - 89 . Issue Date: 30/08/2019

Regions Vintage Report:

A year defined by a very wet spring but a warm and dry summer with very different results. The whites have generally less alcohol and are successful across the region while the reds, more affected by the climate, express a multitude of styles. Once again the yields were low and a few producers hardly made any wine! The North The region wasn’t as badly affected by the rain and being located on steep hills many of the best vineyards have great drainage potential. There was a little mildew but quite limited compared to the South and the yields are correct. The whites are fresher than 2017, rich, aromatic but with good tension. The reds are concentrated but balanced with enough structure to guarantee ageing. Their ripeness makes them charming and very appealing already but, thanks to the concentration due to the relatively low yields, they are not light and the best examples will age very well. Overall it’s an extremely good vintage with a few exceptional wines. The South The year was complicated: the rain started late March and didn’t stop until June. Working in the vineyards was very difficult; treating against the diseases like mildew was a real challenge that many organic but also conventional producers lost resulting in very low yields. Some vineyards and appellations were more affected, especially when there is a large clay content in the soil. Fortunately the summer was dry, quite hot, and the healthier vines produced nicely ripened fruit. The wines are generally charming and very appealing now without a huge concentration of tannins but they have good balance and enough structure to age, especially for the better vineyards and the east of the region, less affected by the weather. Knowing about the difficulties encountered by the producers I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines, many showing delicate and charming styles with early potential. They are not as rich and powerful as the 2015, 2016 and some of the 2017 vintages but will be more satisfying to many drinkers, especially when consumed young as it so often happens. Christian Honorez, Director February 2020 ©adVINture 2020

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