Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2009
Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
Hominis Fides is our most profound wine, the most complex with the most unpredictable future. The character of the sand if of high definition, which always give a lot of finesse. More concentrated but less charming than 2007 for instance, it will be interesting to compare the two vintages later, in a few years. We cherish the vines of Hominis Fides. Just like an old person, they give back what they are being given. 90% of the quality comes from this every day work.
This wine contains notes of raspberry, ancient roses, almond, violet.
Wine Spectator - "Very intense, showing terrific cut thanks to racy, thoroughly embedded acidity that drives through the massive core of roasted plum, fig, black currant and sage flavors. The finish lets mesquite and black tea notes weave in, without losing any drive. Seriously packed for the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2023. 200 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Gigondas Hominis Fides 100% Grenache from sandy and limestone soils aged 12 months in small barrels (30% new, 40% one-year-old and 30% two to three-years old) possesses slightly sweeter tannin but is not as massive or concentrated as the traditional cuvee. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with lots of minerality, red and black fruit, crushed rock and floral notes, this wine should be drinkable upon release, and evolve for a decade or more.
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Hypnotic bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, incense and lavender, with intense star anise and mineral qualities adding vivacity. Deep, energetic and pure, with outstanding focus to its spice- and floral-accented raspberry and mulberry flavors. Tannins build slowly on the finish, which hangs on with noteworthy tenacity and sweetness. "
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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.