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The wines of Yves Gras

8 October 2010, by Domaine Santa Duc

Organic farming in the vineyards, low yields, optimum ripening with respect to a balanced taste of the grapes, late picking and slight defoliation in order to expose the grapes to the late summer sun. The aim of these efforts is to unify the ripe aromas and powerful tannins with the natural freshness of the terroir.

Selected crops are put in the tanks for whole bunch maceration, including stems, skins and pips. Maceration periods are long, frequently for several weeks, and ripening of the wines is adapted to every cuvee and every vintage, in steel tanks, in oak barrels or in the bottle, which may take several months or years.

In the following you will find a short description of a selection of our wines



SABLET BLANC - LES FOURNAS

Viognier 35 %, Bourboulenc 35 %, Grenache 15 %, Clairette 15 %.
The hand picked grapes are pressed immediately and the must is fermented at low temperatures. The wine is aged and bottled without malolactic fermentation yielding a typical white wine from the southern Rhone, with a refreshing acidity and the generosity of a Mediterranean Viognier.

VACQUEYRAS - LES AUBES

80% Grenaches 20% Syrah
A cuvee made of grapes from two different Vacqueyras terroirs, “Les Aubes” and “La Ponche”. Handpicked and sorted, a long maceration for a delicate tannin extraction, aged for 18 months on lees.

CÔTES DU RHÔNE - LES QUATRE TERRES

Grenache 70 %, Syrah 25 %, Carignan et Cinsault 5 %.
This wine is made with grapes grown in four different appellations: Vacqueyras, Roaix, Seguret and Rasteau. Handpicked and sorted, 20 days of maceration without destemming. The Syrah wines are aged in oak barrels, the other varieties ripen in steel tanks on lees. Bottling without filtration.

GIGONDAS TRADITION

Grenache 75 %, Syrah 10 %, Mourvèdre 10 %, Cinsault 5 %.
Handpicked and sorted, 46 days of “whole bunch maceration” (no destemming). Before blending, the wines first are being aged in oak barrels and oak tanks for 18 months. Bottled without filtration.

GIGONDAS - HAUTES GARRIGUES

Grenache Vieilles Vignes 80%, Mourvedre 15%, Syrah 3%, Cinsault 2%.
The grapes for this wine are all coming from the “Hautes Garriges” vineyards surrounding the winery. Handpicked and sorted, 2 months of “whole bunch maceration” (no destemming), and aged for two years in oak barrels and oak tanks. Bottled without filtration.



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