Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2012
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.
The famous limestony sands left by the Miocène sea are marvelous and enigmatic at the same time. They can be found in small quantites in Gigondas, at Chateau Rayas in Chateauneuf, in the Massif d’Uchaux, at Chateau de Montfaucon just on the other side of the Rhone river. They give to the grenache grape a very special expression, very refined and precise. The lieu-dit “Hominis Fides” was planted before 1902. It doesn’t change much: it is a respectable age anyway. This vine has the ability to compensate the excesses of the vintages: it beautifully regulates itself. In a hot year, it will balance the alcohol with a very good physiological ripening. In a cool year, it will ripe quicker than the other vines.
"Despite coming from sandy soils, the 2012 Gigondas Hominis Fides has a masculine, structured and almost burly profile. Underbrush, black raspberry, crushed rock, pepper and black licorice are just some of the notions here, and it hits the palate with full-bodied authority and richness. I expect it will flesh out nicely once in bottle, but it should still warrant 2-3 years in the cellar and have the capacity to keep for 20 years.
Range: 93-96 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Blackberry and cassis on the highly perfumed nose, with smoky licorice, floral and spicecake overtones. Juicy dark berry preserve flavors are brightened by acidity, with a sweet lavender pastille note gaining strength in the glass. Balanced and energetic Gigondas with superb finishing clarity and length.
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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
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