Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011 Front Label
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011 Front Label

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Hominis Fides 2011 looks very much like the previous vintages - it is complex, deep and refined. With its fine texture and its strength, it proposes a very specific wine profile. This vintage shows notes of blueberry, licorice, and almonds. After keeping these bottles for several years, then you will be able to "read" the wine qualities with more pleasure and freedom.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the smallest cuvees, the 2011 Gigondas Hominis Fides (100% old vine Grenache from sandy soils) displays copious notes of black cherries intermixed with lavender and other floral notes as well as pepper. This concentrated red represents the essence of Grenache with great fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a tremendous finish.
Range: 93-95
WS 95
Wine Spectator
Juicy bramble, plum skin, blackberrry coulis and cassis notes show charcoal-studded grip, with a long, muscular finish that lets the bay leaf and ganache accents stretch out. Surprisingly powerful for the vintage.
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Chateau de Saint Cosme, France
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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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The Southern Rhone region of Gigondas extends northwest from the notably jagged wall of mountains called the Dentelles di Montmirail, whose highest point climbs to about 2,600 feet. The region and its wines have much in common with the neighboring Chateauneuf-du-Pape except that the vineyards of Gigondas exist at higher elevation and its soils, comprised mainly of crumbled limestone from the Dentelles, often produce a more dense and robust Grenache-based red wine.

The region has a history of fine winemaking, extending back to Roman times. But by the 20th century, Gigondas was merely lumped into the less distinct zone of Côtes du Rhône Villages. However, it was first among these satellite villages to earn its own appellation, which occurred in 1971.

Gigondas reds must be between 50 to 100% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre comprising the bulk of the remainder of the blend. They tend express rustic flavors and aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry, fig, plum, as well as juniper, dried herbs, anise, smoke and river rock. The best are bold but balanced, and finish with impressively sexy and velvety tannins.

The Gigondas appellation also produces rosé but no white wines.

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STC566755_2011 Item# 124080

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