Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011
Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
It was a great classic Gigondas, typical, with the fine bouquet so characteristic; very complex and charming. Its potential is high and we have to be patient. In 2011, Le Claux is probably the big success of the estate. Picked in the last days of the harvest, it already develops richness and freshness. The typical aromas of camphor can be found along with notes of raspberries and peat.
"Saturated ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet offers candied red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices. Shows pinot noir-like vivacity, with sappy raspberry and boysenberry flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins give grip to a long, floral-dominated finish. Barruol told me that he thought that this might be the best wine of all his '11s.
International Wine Cellar
"Striking floral elegance in a savoury bouquet. Stylish, inky fruit and well-judged oak. Has more depth and breadth than many."
"The 2011 Gigondas Le Claux comes from the limestone soils of the Saint-Cosme vineyard. It reveals the most minerality of these wines along with moderate tannin and lots of red and black fruits intertwined with floral and crushed chalk notes. It is the most closed of these single vineyard offerings.
The Wine Advocate
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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
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