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Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Frankly, the vinification of the Cotes du Rhone white 2011 has been a race. A race against
the heat at the end of august. A race against over-ripening, a difficult race to get the holy
grail: the freshness. In this difficult quest, the Picpoul saved us. We will never say enough
how wonderful is this magnificent forgotten grape, so well adapted to the southern
climate. It is aromatic, it is fresh, it is sharp without being agressive, it has purity and
limpidity. The most important: it does lift the other grapes, keeping the secrecy of the
civilised being. Our grand-fathers have planted many «acidic grapes» such as picpoul,
bourboulenc, colombard, ugni blanc…etc…
I think the best is the picpoul! I am happy with the Cotes du Rhone blanc 2011. Think
about it when you'll taste it: try to find this taste of picpoul which is a far cousin of
the famous sauvignon.
Fermentation in old barrels and ageing on the lies
Peach, apricot, gooseberry, grapefruit.
30% Roussanne (gravels and red clay)
20% Viognier (limestone)
20% Marsanne (limestony sands)
30% Picpoul de Pinet (limestony sands)
Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the chateau's caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range.
A Cote of Many Grapes
The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...Read More About Cotes du Rhone
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...Read More About Rhone White Blends
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