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Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

It was a great classic Gigondas, typical, with the fine bouquet so characteristic; very complex and charming. Its potential is high and we have to be patient. In 2011, Le Claux is probably the big success of the estate. Picked in the last days of the harvest, it already develops richness and freshness. The typical aromas of camphor can be found along with notes of raspberries and peat.

Critical Acclaim

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Decanter
Striking floral elegance in a savoury bouquet. Stylish, inky fruit and well-judged oak. Has more depth and breadth than many.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Gigondas Le Claux comes from the limestone soils of the Saint-Cosme vineyard. It reveals the most minerality of these wines along with moderate tannin and lots of red and black fruits intertwined with floral and crushed chalk notes. It is the most closed of these single vineyard offerings.
Range: 89-92+
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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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STC279619_2011 Item# 124082

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