Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2010
Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
Hominis Fides always proposes a paradox: is it a masculine or a feminine wine? The debate is open. There is some depth with finesse, there is some power with fruit, there is some ripeness with freshness, it is secret but generous: being a paradox is the main characteristic of this soil. 2010 proposes a very interesting version of Hominis Fides, with very obvious fruit and freshness. This has notes of blueberry, rose and almonds.
It will go well with lamb... for now.
The Wine Advocate - "A candidate for perfection is the 2010 Gigondas Hominis Fides. This is 100% Grenache from sandy and limestone soils that, like the other single-vineyard cuvees, is aged in small barrels (30% new, 40% one-year and 30% two to three years old). Inky purple, with an exquisite nose of spring flowers intermixed with smoky barbecue notes, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, and kirsch, the incredible floral fireworks continue in the mouth of this full-bodied, deep wine that overloads the olfactory senses as well as the tastebuds. This deep, striking, exhilarating wine is one of the greatest Gigondas I have ever tasted. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.
Wine Spectator - "Dense and packed, with bittersweet chocolate and espresso notes leading the way for a huge core of blueberry, blackberry and black currant fruit, all melded together and pumping through the graphite-filled finish. The fruit is almost ostentatious now, but the grip is there, buried on the finish, and this will easily cruise for some time in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2032."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque purple. Powerful black raspberry, floral and Asian spice aromas show outstanding clarity and vivacity. Offers deeply pitched flavors of red and dark fruit preserves, given spine and lift by zesty minerality. The spicy note comes back strong on the the clinging, floral-driven finish. Extremely rich but showing a surprisingly accessible side right now."
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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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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.