Saint Cosme Gigondas 2006
Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
#88 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
67% Grenache; 20% Syrah; 12% Mourvèdre; 1% Cinsault; 70% aged in old barrels for one to four years with remaining 15% aged in wooden vats and 15% in concrete vats.
Everyone tried to compare 2006 with other classical vintages but 2006 gave its own answer: it is a special vintage with a strong and precise personality. Co-fermenting our different grapes has been more interesting than ever: grenache-minerality, mourvèdre-muscles, cinsault-blandness, syrah-crispness. Ageing the 06's has been particularly interesting because the wines never stopped improving. From this point of view, 05 was much more difficult to cope with. Tender like a true Saint Cosme and structured like a real Gigondas, 2006 will show a great ageing potential because of its balance. Bottled without any filtration, the wine shows notes of strawberry compote, truffle, and tobacco box
Wine Spectator - "Packed with raspberry grenache, bittersweet cocoa, loam and briar notes, all pushed by a dark, muscular finish. Tangy minerality is buried deep on the finish, so cellar for maximum effect. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2010 through 2015."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Gigondas, which one would call Tradition or Classique, looks to eclipse the 2005. Dense black cherry fruit and cassis, a deep ruby/purple color, floral black cherry and blackberry fruit notes, with plenty of tannin, good acidity, and freshness characterize this wine, which is structured and potentially long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Spicy blackberry and candied plum aromas are enlivened by Asian spices and dark chocolate. Firm dark berry flavors are supported by zesty acidity and firmed by youthful tannins. Not an easy style but in no way hard. 89-90"
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Domaine de Saint Cosme Winery
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. View all Domaine de Saint Cosme Wines
About GigondasView a map of Gigondas wineries (jhee-gon-dahs) Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Notable FactsThe wines of Gigondas are muscular and robust. Kind of an old-school type wine if you will. Not concentrating on being high-tech, easy-drinking or smooth, this wine is an in-your-face red, daring the consumer to try it's spicy, leathery, soulful juice. Good producers are making wines able to age for up to 10 or 15 years, although if you like robust wines, you'll love them now too. Grenache is the main grape, making up to (but not to exceed) 80% of the wine, Syrah & Mourvedre make up the majority of the extra 20%, although some other Cote-du-Rhone varietals can be found in small amounts. Rosé is seen less in the export market, but make good, spicy, dry wines.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewjack waghorn - Great Falls, VA310/23/2008This is an exceptional buy. I first had this wine at a small restaurant in Gigondas and was so impressed I ordered it immeditaly upon my return to the US. It has qualities of any great Chateau-Neuf with just enough tannins to provide an extra layer of depth and character.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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