Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2010
Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"Dense, brooding and very dark, with a block of baker's chocolate at the core, studded with linzer torte, steeped blackberry and roasted fig notes. There's lots of espresso and ganache as well, but still this has rapier, chalky cut through the finish, with alder, juniper and bay giving the flesh the angles it needs for balance. Stunning length. Best from 2015 through 2035."
"The 2010 Gigondas Le Claux, which comes from yellow clay and Jurassic limestone, and is again 100% Grenache, possesses a crushed wet rock component, giving it minerality, followed by a dense purple color, massive extract, huge tannins, and a layered, powerful finish. This wine will need at least 7-8 years of cellaring and should prove to be a Gigondas capable of lasting 25-30 years.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. A heady bouquet evokes candied red fruits, potpourri and incense, with a bright mineral overtone. Sappy and precise, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows great precision on the strikingly persistent finish, which features intense red fruit liqueur and floral elements and harmonious, fine-grained tannins."
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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.
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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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This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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