Santa Duc Gigondas “Aux Lieux-Dits” 2011
A classic Gigondas with its rich, spice-laced aromas and flavors and medium to full-bodied, structured palate feel, the 2011 Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits is a foudre aged blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault. Mouth filling, with ripe tannin and a solid length on the finish, drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years.
Jeb Dunnuck December 2013, The Wine Advocate
Santa Duc Gigondas “Prestige des Hautes Garrigues” 2011
[...] Intense, deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur aromas are lifted by notes of fresh flowers and white pepper. Supple and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet boysenberry and cassis flavors that pick up smoke and mocha nuances with air. Velvety tannins frame the impressively persistent, palate-staining finish, which features notes of blueberry preserves and licorice. In a decidedly rich, broad-shouldered, very ripe style, especially for the vintage.
Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Santa Duc “Prestige des Hautes Garrigues” 2011
The 2011 Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues is also superb and shows classic Gigondas spice, licorice, leather and copious red and black fruits. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah aged in older foudre, this medium to full-bodied effort has loads of texture, fine tannin and a decadent, heady finish. It opens up nicely in the glass and should shine for 10-12 years or so.
Jeb Dunnuck December 2013 - The Wine Advocate