2021 Gigondas, Le Claux, Château de Saint Cosme, Rhône

2021 Gigondas, Le Claux, Château de Saint Cosme, Rhône

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2021 Gigondas, Le Claux, Château de Saint Cosme, Rhône

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Brilliant violet colour. Displays pungent, mineral- and spice-accented cherry, black raspberry, potpourri and liquorice aromas, along with hints of savoury herbs, vanilla and incense. 

Chewy and tightly focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and Moroccan spice flavours that unfurl slowly through the back half. It closes with firm tension, chewy tannins and excellent tenacity, leaving resonating cherry and floral notes behind. 

All barriques, a third of them new.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (January 2023)

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Josh Raynolds, Vinous95-97/100

Brilliant violet colour. Displays pungent, mineral- and spice-accented cherry, black raspberry, potpourri and liquorice aromas, along with hints of savoury herbs, vanilla and incense. 

Chewy and tightly focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and Moroccan spice flavours that unfurl slowly through the back half. It closes with firm tension, chewy tannins and excellent tenacity, leaving resonating cherry and floral notes behind. 

All barriques, a third of them new.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (January 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

95% Grenache, 5% Syrah. AB organic certified. No destemming. Vinified in concrete vats. Ageing is 30% in new barrels, 30% in casks used for one previous vintage, and 30% in casks used for two previous vintages. Cask sample.

Tasted blind. Very juicy and appealing nose. Lots of strawberry fruit, dense mocha and prominent oak. The palate is rich, layered with oak-derived tannins, a little dominant at the moment – but there is good fruit weight to support this, Just sufficient acidity but an opulent, ripe style for the vintage.

Drink 2025 - 2034

Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (November 2022)

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Decanter93/100

This is very good - ripe, with the fruit to stand up to the oak. Good acidity, balanced alcohol, and some length too. A touch of caramel on the finish and cinnamon sugar. Very old vines, all whole-cluster fermented in concrete, no destemming, indigenous yeasts and matured 100% in barriques; one-third new, one-third second-use, one-third third-use.

Drink 2025 - 2033

Matt Walls, Decanter.com (October 2022)

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About this WINE

Château de Saint Cosme

Château de Saint Cosme

Château de Saint Cosme is a historic and renowned winery in the Gigondas appellation, near the village of Gigondas, in the Southern Rhône Valley of France. The estate is one of the oldest wineries in the region, with a long and storied history dating back to the 16th century.

The vineyards are planted with various grape varietals, focusing on traditional Rhône grape varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. These grapes thrive in the region’s Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm summers and mild winters, creating the ideal conditions for producing rich and complex wines.

Château de Saint Cosme is renowned for its Gigondas wines, which are highly regarded for their depth, intensity, and age-worthiness. The winery’s commitment to sustainable farming practices and a non-interventionist winemaking approach allows the unique characteristics of the terroir to shine through in their wines.

The estate’s flagship wine, the Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas, is considered one of the finest examples of Gigondas wine and has received critical acclaim from wine enthusiasts and experts alike. They also produce other wines, including Côtes du Rhône, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, and a range of single-varietal wines.

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Gigondas

Gigondas

Gigondas has been renowned for the quality of its wines since Roman times, although it was not really until it was classified as a Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1966 that it began to realise its potential.  It achieved AC status in 1971 and today produces some of the finest, most underrated and under-priced wines in the Rhône valley; although, for the last two of these at least, probably not for much longer.

Gigondas' 1,200-hectare of rugged vineyards are located east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, beneath the famous mountains of Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas produces sumptuous, plummy reds with a good structure and a sprinkle of pepper. It is similar to (if a touch less slick than) good Châteauneuf-du-Pape which, at its best, it can challenge and even surpass.

Made with a maximum of 80 percent Grenache, combined with at least 15 percent Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, the rest can be made of any of the varieties authorized for Côtes du Rhône – apart from Carignan. The wines can normally be broached after two to three years, while the best repay ageing for 10 years or more. The region also produces dry, Grenache-dominated rosés which are good but can sometimes lack a little vitality.

Recommended Producer: La Bastide St VincentDomaine Montirius

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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