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Gigondas Grand Grenanche 66 Santa Duc 99rr 2010

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"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...96" WA 10/12 "Bright purple. Wild, intensely perfumed nose evokes red and dark berry preserves, apricot, potpourri and Indian spices. Rich and fleshy but surprisingly lithe, offering juicy raspberry and mulberry flavors and notes of candied lavender and star anise. Silky tannins add focus to the very long, sappy, spice-accented finish. These vines reportedly range from 50 to 110 years of age...93-95" IWC 02/12 "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...99" RR 09/12

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Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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"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...96" WA 10/12 "Bright purple. Wild, intensely perfumed nose evokes red and dark berry preserves, apricot, potpourri and Indian spices. Rich and fleshy but surprisingly lithe, offering juicy raspberry and mulberry flavors and notes of candied lavender and star anise. Silky tannins add focus to the very long, sappy, spice-accented finish. These vines reportedly range from 50 to 110 years of age...93-95" IWC 02/12 "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...99" RR 09/12

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