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Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2011

Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Frankly, the vinification of the Cotes du Rhone white 2011 has been a race. A race against the heat at the end of august. A race against over-ripening, a difficult race to get the holy grail: the freshness. In this difficult quest, the Picpoul saved us. We will never say enough how wonderful is this magnificent forgotten grape, so well adapted to the southern climate. It is aromatic, it is fresh, it is sharp without being agressive, it has purity and limpidity. The most important: it does lift the other grapes, keeping the secrecy of the civilised being. Our grand-fathers have planted many «acidic grapes» such as picpoul, bourboulenc, colombard, ugni blanc…etc… I think the best is the picpoul! I am happy with the Cotes du Rhone blanc 2011. Think about it when you'll taste it: try to find this taste of picpoul which is a far cousin of the famous sauvignon.

    Fermentation in old barrels and ageing on the lies

    Peach, apricot, gooseberry, grapefruit.

    30% Roussanne (gravels and red clay)
    20% Viognier (limestone)
    20% Marsanne (limestony sands)
    30% Picpoul de Pinet (limestony sands)

    Critical Acclaim

    Saint Cosme

    Domaine de Saint Cosme

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    Domaine de Saint Cosme, , France - Rhone
    Saint Cosme
    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.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

    EPC20588_2011 Item# 118083

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