May 2016 by John Livingstone-Learmonth
Enjoyement levels in the ‘14s are high. The cool summer, with pockets of rain, ensured that most wines are fresh, have moderate alcohol, and are what the French call digeste – easy to drink. Accurate expressions of terroir are always well propted in such circumstances, in contrast du the heavily sunny vintages, which spend years shaking off their thick, ripe coating from the summer climate.
Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas Clos Derrière Vieille
Inky, really deep, black-fruited nose. Silken, pure, expressive palate, has crunch and glow in its tannins. Drink 2019 – 2032.