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Santa Duc Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Pre Arriv 2010

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"There are 1,200 cases of the sensational 2010 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by glorious aromas of creme de cassis, kirsch, blackberries and a cornucopia of roasted herb, meat and licorice smells. It possesses fabulous intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a tremendously long finish that lasts 40+ seconds. This beauty should drink well for two decades...97" WA 10/12 "(80% grenache and 20% mourvedre, raised in used foudres): Vivid purple. Pungent, heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and incense, with a strong Indian spice quality gaining strength with air. Palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive depth, with a zesty mineral providing lift. The finish echoes the spicy note and lingers with excellent tenacity. This very complex Gigondas offers a striking blend of power and vivacity....94-96" WA 02/12 "Up there with the best of the appellation and easily my favorite vintage to date, the 2010 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues (80% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault aged all in foudre) is a powerful, yet elegant Gigondas that oozes class and poise. Showing brilliantly pure aromas of blackberry, violets, garrigue, saddle leather, and mineral on the nose, this full-bodied 2010 is perfectly balanced, possesses layers fruit, a seamless, silky texture, and blockbuster length on the finish. While incredibly fresh and elegant, there is still a fair dose of tannin to integrate, so give bottles a handful of years to round into shape. It should drink well for two decades or more...97" RR 10/12

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"There are 1,200 cases of the sensational 2010 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by glorious aromas of creme de cassis, kirsch, blackberries and a cornucopia of roasted herb, meat and licorice smells. It possesses fabulous intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a tremendously long finish that lasts 40+ seconds. This beauty should drink well for two decades...97" WA 10/12 "(80% grenache and 20% mourvedre, raised in used foudres): Vivid purple. Pungent, heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and incense, with a strong Indian spice quality gaining strength with air. Palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive depth, with a zesty mineral providing lift. The finish echoes the spicy note and lingers with excellent tenacity. This very complex Gigondas offers a striking blend of power and vivacity....94-96" WA 02/12 "Up there with the best of the appellation and easily my favorite vintage to date, the 2010 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues (80% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault aged all in foudre) is a powerful, yet elegant Gigondas that oozes class and poise. Showing brilliantly pure aromas of blackberry, violets, garrigue, saddle leather, and mineral on the nose, this full-bodied 2010 is perfectly balanced, possesses layers fruit, a seamless, silky texture, and blockbuster length on the finish. While incredibly fresh and elegant, there is still a fair dose of tannin to integrate, so give bottles a handful of years to round into shape. It should drink well for two decades or more...97" RR 10/12

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