Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albion 2011
This little gem from Louis Barroul of Château Saint-Cosme is the perfect wine. A blend of Viognier, Sauvignon and Muscat d'Alexandrie, this explodes on the nose and is fresh and fruit-filled on the palate, with notes of citrus, melons and white flowers. Great with funky cheeses, morels and, believe or not--asparagus
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Deeper and richer, with knockout notes of black raspberry, creme de cassis, spice-box, roasted meats and hints of vanilla bean (this cuvee sees roughly 25% new oak), the 2011 Gigondas Valbelle is full-bodied, seriously concentrated and has a core of sweet fruit that carries through the finish. Still with some oak to integrate, as well as plenty of tannin, this beauty can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade.
A solid, fleshy and amply toasty style, with coffee and ganache notes out front, backed by a solid core of currant paste and plum cake flavors. A strong charcoal accent takes over on the finish, stitched up by fine acidity. Should settle in with moderate cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2026.
Saturated ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet offers candied red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices. Shows pinot noir-like vivacity, with sappy raspberry and boysenberry flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins give grip to a long, floral-dominated finish. Barruol told me that he thought that this might be the best wine of all his ’11s.
Delivers a blaze of cassis, steeped plum and blackberry fruit, tightly coiled with chalky minerality and backed by lilting bergamot, rooibos tea and blood orange notes. Shows great grip on the finish, with acidity-driven cut and precision. The better of two bottles tasted. Best from 2015 through 2030.
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.
Full-bodied, layered and voluptuously textured, the 2011 Gigondas Le Claux (which comes from limestone soils and vines planted in 1914) has gorgeous lavender, incense, dried underbrush and floral notes, as well as a knockout core of black raspberry and black cherry-styled fruit. Seamlessly constructed, with loads of fruit, fine tannin and excellent overall freshness, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more.
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