Saint Cosme Gigondas 2006

Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France

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Item No. 95481
  • red wine
  • WS92
  • RP92
  • ST90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

#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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
92 Points

"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+."
92 Points

"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"
90 Points

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jack waghorn - Great Falls, VA (read all my reviews)

This 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.
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Learn About Saint Cosme Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Gigondas

(jhee-gon-dahs) The muscleman of the Southern Rhone, Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the Dentelles de Montmirail - a sign of the rustic, edgy flavor found in wines from the area. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and roses, Gigondas creates top quality reds sometimes rivaling its...

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Learn About Grenache

Grenache (greh-NAASH) Sun-Worshiper This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in Spain (called Garnacha), Australia and the southern Rhone region of France, Grenache is the primary grape in regions such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, and Priorat. It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like Syrah...

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