2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JL 97 VN 95 DC 93 WA 93 WS 93 JD 92
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2021

Garrigue, pepper, black cherry and kirsch are impossible to ignore. Layers of sweet, supple, silky-textured, elegant fruits with an incredible sense of purity, this is a fabulous expression of Gigondas. The approximate...
VN 95

Vinous, February 2020

(94-95 points) Bright ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruit, Moroccan spice and potpourri aromas that are enlivened by a vibrant mineral quality that builds as the wine stretches out...
DC 93

Decanter, November 2018

Grown on calcareous marl from the Cretaceous period, the fruit for destined for this wine is all destemmed and spends 18 months in recent 36hl Stockinger barrels and 8hl amphorae. It has a lovely open rose perfume...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2020

Primarily Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2017 Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille is dark fruited, with notes of black plums and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it's notably stemmy in...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, November 2019

Pure and racy in feel, this lets lively damson plum, red currant and raspberry fruit play out against a backdrop of lacy minerality and light savory and tea notes. Reveals a subtle singed alder thread on the finish. Best...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, September 2018

(90-92 points) From vines behind the village of Gigondas at an altitude of 300-350 feet above sea level, the 2017 Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille is another fresh, vibrant wine from the young Benjamin Gras. Cool...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Gigondas
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille is a captivating red wine that showcases the excellence of the Southern Rhone region in France. With a rich history and a commitment to quality winemaking, Domaine Santa Duc has crafted a wine that truly exemplifies the best of Gigondas.

In the glass, this wine displays a deep, ruby-red color that immediately catches the eye. The nose is greeted with a delightful bouquet of open rose, violet, and strawberry notes, creating an inviting and aromatic experience. These floral and fruit aromas are complemented by subtle spice notes, adding complexity and intrigue.

On the palate, the Clos Derriere Vieille reveals its full-bodied nature, with a noticeable weight and richness. However, this opulence is beautifully balanced by precise spice notes and a lifted, long finish. The wine has considerable depth and a velvety texture that coats the palate, leaving a lasting impression.

The 2017 vintage of this wine is primarily made from Grenache, with the blend also including Mourvèdre and Syrah. The use of whole bunches during the winemaking process adds a stemmy character that lightens the overall density and richness of the wine. Over time, this stemmy character is expected to evolve into a more floral expression, further enhancing the wine's complexity.

Critics have praised the 2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille for its outstanding quality and character. Decanter awarded it a score of 93, highlighting its pretty, perfumed, and precise nature. Jeb Dunnuck also commended this wine, giving it a score of 92 and noting its fresh, vibrant, and elegant qualities.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.5%, this red wine is well-balanced and showcases the optimal ripeness of the grapes. The closure of choice for this wine is a cork, emphasizing the traditional and artisanal approach taken by Domaine Santa Duc.

Overall, the 2017 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille is a wine that demands attention and appreciation. Its complexity, elegance, and exceptional quality make it a standout choice for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike. Whether enjoyed now or aged for further development, this wine is sure to impress with its finesse and character.