Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône les Deux Albion 2006
A dark ruby red nearing purple in color. The nose, intoxicating, with blackberry and sour cherry mixed in a layer of bakeshop sweets. Digging deeper animal musk, spiced sausage and a bit charred wood with a hint of heat. On the palate this is smooth, thick and rich with raspberry jam and citrus rind that turns to sour berry and a bit of pepper. The tannins are a bit furry but coaxed along by a core of vibrant acidity which leads to a fresh mineral laden finish. A big wine with a healthy dose of elegance and grace. (My wife's notes: Berrylishus!)
The nose showed blackberry, savory-meaty aromas, garrigue, bacon fat and lots of crack black pepper. On the palate, it became fleshier over the course of four hours with a smooth seductive mouth-feel. This is a dark and savory wine that showed only a hint of black fruits and never lost that extreme pepper and spice note. -------------- The following day. After 18 hours, and having been double decanted, and allowed to rest in bottle, the nose showed blackberry, savory reduction sauce, ginger snap, garrigue and fresh-cracked black pepper. On the palate, its massive structure continued to keep this wine in check, as mouth coating tannin allowed only a glimpse of dark stone fruits, spice, menthol and black pepper. The finish was tight yet long with spice and menthol.
...Looking in the glass like it was poured from an inkwell... dark, brooding and daring, this Gigondas matches in the strength of its aromas: waves of violets, herbs, blueberry, and plum followed by a smoky minerality. Then onto the palate with big, contrasting flavors of gamey meats, black pepper, tea and black cherries. All combine to create a very complex package with a silky finish. This definitely will age well, but is very approachable now.
Good year for the southern Rhone. Great producer. Excellent wine. Very typical for Gigondas.
External Reviews for Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône les Deux Albion
A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Saint Cosme, Chateau de Gigondas Les Claux 750ml
90 Points - Wine Spectator A structured version, with a layer of bacony toast guiding tar, black currant and fig flavors. Toast holds the upper hand on the finish for now, but this has solid depth.