2007 Gigondas Hautes Garrigues Prestige Domaine Santa-Duc



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Average critic rating : 97.5 points

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An absolutely exquisite, profound effort is the densely purple-colored 2007 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues Cuvee Prestige. The incredible aromatic expression of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blueberry and blackberry as well as ripe raspberries, crushed rock, and floral undertones is to die for. In the mouth, the wine is exceptionally full-bodied, fresh and vibrant, yet possesses awesome concentration, a multi-layered mouthfeel, and a finish that goes on for 45+ seconds. This is an incredible effort from Yves Gras that should drink well for at least 20 years. (I say that because I still have some of the 1989 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues in my personal cellar, and it is in fabulous shape.) ||Yves Gras is one of the great personalities of the southern Rhone, and I always enjoy my visits with him. Aside from his passion and singular personality is his exceptional talent for winemaking and vineyard management. First, as I have indicated in the past, he has a small negociant operation. There are very few efforts in 2008 under the “Santa Duc Selection” moniker because of the challenging vintage; he did show me three wines. The estate wines in 2008 include only one cuvee of Gigondas, as there will be no Les Hautes Garrigues produced, or his new baby, the Grand Grenache 66. The three cuvees of 2007 are certainly the finest wines I have tasted from Yves Gras since I started visiting him in the mid-1980s. Wine Advocate.October, 2009

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A wine that flirts with perfection is the 2007 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues, which is still incredibly fresh and lively. Offering a crazy bouquet of incense, flowers, black raspberries and spice, with its oak elevage completely concealed by a wealth of fruit, this sensational, full-bodied, decadent, yet graceful 2007 is a thrill ride today, yet it will easily evolve for anther 15-20 years. Oct 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2012-2036

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