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St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions 2010

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"Roasted and perfumy, with mesquite and espresso notes weaving through the crushed plum and red currant fruit. Tobacco and ganache hints flitter in on the finish, adding length and definition...91" WS 08/12 "A rocking Côtes du Rhône that should be on every reader‟s value list, the 2010 Saint-Cosme Les Deux Albion is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, and Clairette that is fermented with whole clusters and aged in oak vats and concrete tanks. Vinified just like the straight Gigondas cuvee, this offers up a beautiful array of red and black fruits, minerals, leather, and charcoal that flows to a serious, structured palate that has layers of concentration, vivid acidity, and firm tannin. In need of a solid 2-3 years of bottle age, this impressive 2010 will have upwards of 10-12 years of prime drinking. Impressive, and for the price, a no brainer purchase...92+" RR 10/12

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Château de Saint-Cosme:
Saint Cosme - located north to the village of Gigondas - is the most ancient estate in the region. Lying on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa which very probably already had its own vineyard, the estate's existence in 1416 is attested by a document mentioning the granting by Jean de Chalon, Price of Orange, of "land for the planting of vines on the Saint Cosme slopes." The Barruol's ancestors acq... Read more
Saint Cosme - located north to the village of Gigondas - is the most ancient estate in the region. Lying on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa which very probably already had its own vineyard, the estate's existence in 1416 is attested by a document mentioning the granting by Jean de Chalon, Price of Orange, of "land for the planting of vines on the Saint Cosme slopes." The Barruol's ancestors acquired it in 1570, and at the end of the sixteenth century built a splendid residence over existing cellars... Read less
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External Reviews for St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

It has taken a while, but one of my favorite producers in the southern Rhone, Louis Barruol of Saint-Cosme, is getting very good publicity just about everywhere I look. It is certainly well-deserved, considering the broad range of wines he produces, from his inexpensive and over-delivering Cotes du Rhones and Vins de Pays, to his top-flight, world-class wines made in Gigondas. This is all a matter of hard work and understanding viticulture and great terroirs. As for the estate wines from Gigondas, 2009 was a more challenging vintage for Louis Barruol than many people probably understand, because he had some serious hail issues that cut into his Grenache crop. His best vintage to date is 2007, but 2010 is going to come close, and he has certainly excelled in a much more difficult vintage for him personally, 2009. The 2010s are probably Barruol's greatest vintage since 2007, yet slightly more tannic and backward at a similar stage in their development than the 2007s were. All of...



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"Roasted and perfumy, with mesquite and espresso notes weaving through the crushed plum and red currant fruit. Tobacco and ganache hints flitter in on the finish, adding length and definition...91" WS 08/12 "A rocking Côtes du Rhône that should be on every reader‟s value list, the 2010 Saint-Cosme Les Deux Albion is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, and Clairette that is fermented with whole clusters and aged in oak vats and concrete tanks. Vinified just like the straight Gigondas cuvee, this offers up a beautiful array of red and black fruits, minerals, leather, and charcoal that flows to a serious, structured palate that has layers of concentration, vivid acidity, and firm tannin. In need of a solid 2-3 years of bottle age, this impressive 2010 will have upwards of 10-12 years of prime drinking. Impressive, and for the price, a no brainer purchase...92+" RR 10/12

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