Saint Cosme Gigondas le Poste 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
Le Poste is at the same time a wine of fruit and a wine to keep, a wine of complexity and an easy to understand one, a wine of structure and a wine of freshness. Overall, it contains the magic of the great terroirs. Le Poste is one of our early ripening terroirs. Easy to recognize. Notes of violet, raspberry and ash.
Wine Spectator - "Shows good range, with steeped pomegranate, bregamot, blackberry and raspberry fruit all melded together at the core, lined with bay leaf, apple wood and singed cedar accents. Picks up serious grip through the finish, with a mouthwatering briary edge adding serious length. "
The Wine Advocate - "The remarkable 2011 Gigondas Le Poste exhibits great intensity, an amazing texture, super ripeness and lots of red and black fruits, crushed rock, spring flowers, pepper and a touch of smokiness.
International Wine Cellar - "Dark purple. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of candied flowers, dark berries and Asian spices. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Fine-grained tannins come on late and add shape to a long, penetrating finish.
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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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