Domaine Santa Duc

Yves and Benjamin Gras
157, Chemin des Hautes Garrigues 84190 Gigondas
Tel. +33 490 658 449
Direct sale: At the domain and from a shop in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Mail:
yvesgras@santaduc.fr
Web: www.santaduc.fr

The domain  Benjamin Gras

The domain was founded in 1874. Yves Gras is the 5th generation at the property. He took over from his father in 1985.
Yves Gras is regarded as one of the leading producers of Gigondas. The domain covers 12,38 ha in Gigondas and about 14 ha in other appellations. In 2009 1,23 ha. of Chateauneuf du Pape (Lieu-dit Sainte Vierge) was purchased and in 2012 further 2,5 ha (Lieux-dits La Font du Pape and La Crau)
Yves' son Benjamin Gras has since finishing his oenological education worked together with his father as oenologist and winemaker at the domain.

Since 2012 the vineyards have certified as culture biologique and is on the route to be certified biodynamique.

Wines according to website November 2017

Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam
2015: 64% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise. 
The Cuvée is a blend from the 3 lieux-dits. Aged in foudres for 18 months.
The Latin name means "We have a Pope!" - an announcement givet from the balcon of the pope's place when a new pope is elected. 

Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau Quest
2015: 100% Grenache. 80-years-old vines at red clayie soil at La Crau.
Vinified and aged in amphoras

Chateauneuf du Pape Les Saintes Vierges
2015: 90% Grenache, 9% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise.
 Aged in foudres for 18 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Le Pied de Baud
2015: 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
 Aged in foudres for 18 months.

Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits
2015: 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre and 2% Cinsault.
Aged in foudres for 18 months. (from 8 different lieux-dits in Gigondas)

Gigondas Clos Derrière Vieille
2015: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre

Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues
2015: 65% Grenache (Vieilles Vignes) and 35% Mourvedre. 
Aged in foudres for 18 months.

Vacqueyras Les Aubes
2015: 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. 
Aged in foudres for 18 months.

Rasteau Les Blovac
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre.Aged in foudres or tank.

Cotes du Rhone Les Quatre Terres
2015: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan/Cinsault/ Clairette. Grenache aged in tanks and Syrah in barrels. 
Fra parces in Vacqueyras, Roaix, Seguret and Rasteau (Quatre Terres)  
Partly from own vines and partly from bought wines

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Les Grand Calcaires
2015: 40% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 15% Ugni Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 5% Picpoul and 5% Viognier.

IGP Vaucluse Blanc Les Plans
Grenache 50%, Syrah 20%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet 10% and 5% other verieties


Old Mouvedre vines.


Yves Gras at Gigondas sur Table 2017


Reception and stock


Yves Gras prepares a tasting at the domain.


Benjamin Gras is graduated as an oenologist from Université de Bourgogne Photo from Facebook (Arnie Millan)


Red clay at La Crau Quest. La Crau is a big lieu-dit and is offen covered by big roulers - but not everywhere.

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Updated 21-11-2017