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Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc le Poste 2018

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Winemaker Notes

We only make two barrels of this wine which should be called ‘Gigondas’. But white Le Poste holds a very special place at Saint Cosme. When my parents met, in 1956, my father arrived at Saint Cosme and only found bottles of white Le Poste wine in the cellar. There were very few bottles of red: my maternal grandfather, who died in 1949, could never explain to him why, because they never knew each other. But it is quite obvious that there has always been a strong ‘white tradition’ at Saint Cosme. The wines, all of which were pre-1949, were extraordinary according to what my father told me. When he replanted the Le Poste vineyard in 1964, he kept the same proportion of Clairette and Grenache, to perpetuate its history. Our Clairette plantings at Hominis Fides and Le Claux will soon start bearing and write a new chapter in the story of Saint Cosme that we will be able to read together. The application to produce white Gigondas, which we have been supporting for almost 10 years at INAO, is in its final phase. We should reach a successful conclusion in around two years’ time and will finally be able to call Le Poste, along with the other whites produced in Gigondas, ‘Gigondas’. They deserve nothing less. 2018 was balanced and fresh. The terroir has been properly conveyed and basically, this is a great classic white Le Poste. Flint, fennel, grapefruit.

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Scents of honey accent notes of white peach and lime on the nose of the 100% Clairette 2018 Cotes du Rhone Le Poste. It's barrel fermented and aged, but in older wood, leaving the fruit and the terroir to speak largely on their own. It's medium-bodied, with ample concentration, a silky-textured plumpness on the mid-palate and a long, lime- and grapefruit-laced finish.

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Chateau de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the appellation’s benchmark wines. Wine has been produced on the site of Saint Cosme since Roman times, evident by the ancient Gallo-Roman vats carved into the limestone below the chateau. The property has been in the hands of Louis Barruol’s family since 1570. Henri and Claude Barruol took over in 1957 and gradually moved Saint Cosme away from the bulk wine business. Henri was one of the first in the region to work organically beginning in the 1970s. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992, making a dramatic shift to quality, adding a négociant arm to the business in 1997, and converting to biodynamics in 2010.

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Typically thought of as a baby Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhône actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. White wines can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.

The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red wine varieties include most of the Chateâuneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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