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2015 Chateau De St. Cosme GigondasBlend from France

$42.99

List Price: $43.00

"You can never have too much of a good thing...– this proverb sums up the 2015 vintage. It was the kind of year when there were no sub-standard wines, everything was good, eve...

  • 95 Wine Spectator
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"A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay fill in throughout. Muscular and energetic, this is built for the cellar. 4,000 cases made."

Product Description:

"You can never have too much of a good thing...– this proverb sums up the 2015 vintage. It was the kind of year when there were no sub-standard wines, everything was good, even wines from the youngest vines. Our 2015 Gigondas is reminiscent of the 2010 for its density, depth, mellowness and saline freshness.

Gigondas offers a fairly unusual rendition of Grenache, difficult to compare with what you find in neighbouring areas. Its character can be ascribed to the ubiquituous limestone marl in our appellation.

And Saint Cosme is a very unusual rendition of Gigondas because our soils are distinctively Tortonian and virtually non-existent in other parts of the appellation. This unique soil type at Saint Cosme combines with a cold microclimate with temperature readings matching those at elevations of 400m above sea level, whereas our vineyards sit at an altitude of 240m. This combination of natural factors makes Saint Cosme virtually incomparable and Grenache develops a persona that can be disconcerting such is its pervasive freshness – a dimension rarely associated with this grape. You have to live here to get a proper sense of this and try and style it. For example, our vines face west and therefore bask in the balmy evening sunshine; in the morning, they are sheltered by the Dentelles de Montmirail – these natural patterns impart balance and texture to the wines. All of this is even more discernable in great vintages like 2015.

In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how our ancesters the gallo-romans were living. The property has been in our family since 1490 and we have been vignerons for 14 generations.

Saint Cosme is exceptionally located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare. This gives us an extraordinary diversity of soils. Our microclimate is cool and late ripening. Our Gigondas have the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 102945
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Gigondas
Ratings

95 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Grenache / Garnacha, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Syrah / Shiraz, Cinsault
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast , vanilla, currant, blueberry, strawberry and musk
Nose vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper , mint, spice box, cedar, game, tar and dust