Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
This wine is blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette. Deux Albion 2009 is a very classic Deux Albion - full bodied and complex, with a great ability to age. With flavors and aromas of strawberry, gingerbread, bacon, and earth.
The Wine Advocate - "A Cote Rotie lookalike at a low-end price point is the 2009 Deux Albion, a blend of mostly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, but co-fermented with some of the white grape Clairette, and aged in tank. While it requires consumption in its first 2-3 years of life, this wine’s wonderfully exotic nose of spring flowers, white peaches, black raspberries and roasted herbs is followed by a full-bodied, opulent, hedonistic and intellectually pleasing wine that offers remarkable value for its price point."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque purple. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, candied licorice, violet and Indian spices. Ripe, fleshy and palate-coating, offering blackberry and cassis flavors that are given spine by juicy acidity. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering sweetness and a touch of allspice."
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 Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewsanthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN412/28/2014
A top notch Cotes du Rhone this wine has a wonderful nose of cherries and strawberry complimented by bacon and some earthy aromas I cant quite pin down. It is medium bodied with similar flavors as well as typical black pepper flavors. The finish is framed by soft, dusty tannins that add length.Karolyn Kaelin - Arlington, VA210/12/201246/20/2012
- Smooth & Supple
A full bodied smooth, bold wine, with a fruity ambiance. Highly underrated!
- Big & Bold