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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2008
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2008
(search item no. 103344)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Clairette co-fermented all together with six weeks maceration. Aged in wooden and concrete vats. Clay slope (ancient alluviums), limestony marl, rolling stones. "We have been cooking a lot in 2008, just like usual! Our Deux Albion vineyards have been vinified exactly the same way as the Gigondas wines. The cooking book says: crush and blend the grapes, leave the fermentation begin naturally, keep going adding cold grapes consistently. Then you'll control your temperature fermentation without working too much. If you are lazy, be clever. Leave the indigenous yeasts get exited by mixing them up. As you want to keep the delicate aromas, don't leave the yeasts become too hysterical by cooling down all the stuff. Don't burn your aromas. Don't ferment too hot. When you get to the end of the cooking, don't stop it, leave it keep going gently as long as possible. Take your time. It has to be slow. Then gently rack the wine and softly press the grapes. Taste very often. Taste several times per day. Taste again. Look for your own pleasure, then you'll get more chances to give pleasure. Serve at 16°C with a nice smile. Strawberry, earth, smoked ham, laurel
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About Domaine de Saint Cosme:

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.