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Chateau de Saint Cosme D'Orange Les Deux Albions Blanc 2016

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Winemaker Notes

This is the first vintage from Saint Cosme's plantings on the limestone soils of Saint Martin. Although only a stone’s throw from Gigondas, the soils have a much higher proportion of limestone than in Gigondas which makes them uniquely suited to growing white grapes. The results are compelling – you can sense the limestone and finesse that goes with it. There is a distinctive fabric and it is easy to see the huge potential. The wine is balanced, ethereal and the aroma is quite sophisticated. It displays a real backbone and salinity.

Flavors and aromas of flint, dried apricot, marshmallow and violet.

Blend: 50% Viognier, 50% Picpoul

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Lively apricot, yellow apple and nectarine flavors stream through, framed by light toast notes on the juicy finish. Viognier, Marsanne, Clairette and Picpoul.

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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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhone 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 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 varieties include most of the Chateauneuf-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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