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Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Valbelle 2010 is just like the great Valbelle 1995, 1996, 2005, 2007. It was wonderful to vinify Valbelle this year because all the characteristic aromas of Valbelle could be found by smelling the vat fermenting, from the stage they develop to the time they marry to get the homogeneity. The 2010 vintage has aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, white pepper, graphite, and laurel. This bottle will have to be kept.

Blend: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah

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Wine Spectator
This is a backward brute, with a wall of roasted bay leaf, cedar, alder and juniper guarding the core of black currant, fig, prune and plum notes. Heady and dense, but there's plenty of cut on the finish, with a grounding rod of charcoal and singed iron keeping everything upright and focused. Best from 2015 through 2032.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, the 2010 Gigondas Valbelle saw some small new oak barrels during its upbringing. There are about 700 cases of this cuvee compared to the 3,400 cases of the classic Gigondas. One of the vintage’s most profound wines, the 2010 Valbelle exhibits an opaque purple color along with copious notes of black raspberries, creme de cassis, incense, forest floor, spring flowers and subtle underbrush and earthiness. There may even be a hint of black truffles in this complex, full-bodied, massively endowed Gigondas. Neither heavy nor ponderous, it is a brilliant example that should drink nicely for 15 years.
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Domaine de Saint Cosme, Gigondas, Rhone, France
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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.
STC534029_2010 Item# 118782