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St. Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2015

Winemaker's Notes:

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Gigondas Hominis Fides is another gorgeous wine. This cuvee comes from the lieu-dit of the same name which is located just down from the estate, just across the road from the le Claux vineyard. The soils here are sandier and more limestone-based, and the cuvee is from very old vine Grenache that was fermented with 100% whole clusters in oak tanks and aged in 20% new barrels. It offers gorgeous black raspberry and cassis fruits intermixed with notions of ground pepper, crushed flowers, graphite and loads of sandy/loamy/dried soils nuances. With full-bodied richness, gorgeous tannin quality and a texture that just glides over the palate, it's going to benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and keep for two decades. There's just 100 cases produced. (Oct 2017)

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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

Editorial Reviews for St. Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,994
0.00 5
12/22/2016

Floral lemon and sunflower seed notes with candied citrus peel and a touch of melon. Fleshy and warm on the palate, this has good lemon fruit flavors and a creamy nuttiness towards the mid palate that adds another dimension of almond and macadamia nuts, finishing with more citrus blossom and a squeeze of peach preserves.


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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,580
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/14/2016

Inviting and elegant this has red berry fruit, spice, incense, modest tannins and well balanced acidity to the lively, though short aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 88 points


Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,580
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 05/23/2016

Peach, melon, tangerine and honeysuckle dominate both the nose and palate. This is gripping and crisp with good minerality and acidity with a zippy after taste. Well done - Paul 89 points


Snooth User: Diderot
104965104
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/11/2010

This elegant wine is almost gold in color, with delectable flavors of honey and pear. The wine is medium-bodied but exquisitely balanced. It is subtly complex and suprisingly versatile. An amazing value.


Snooth User: Poldark Maximus
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/15/2010

The '07 has toned down its tropical fruits over this last year of cellaring and renders a lovely "pear and green apple" duo of flavor. All this only ties even better to the marvelous dry, round front and mid palette. The viognier has its day in this wine. Simply lovely and a welcome surprise from the Rhone.

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  • Snooth User: basilwino
    2282621,040
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2007 01/04/2010

    Three and a half glasses


    Snooth User: Eric Guido
    92549198,230
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 08/20/2009

    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!)

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    Snooth User: Eric Guido
    92549198,230
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 01/15/2012

    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.


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    External Reviews for St. Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides

    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 10/28/2013

    Saturated ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a subtle note of white pepper building with air. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that show very good depth. Tangy acidity adds cut and lift to a long, penetrating and gently tannic finish. This wine will be delicious young but it is balanced to age.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 10/28/2013

    The amazing 2011 Gigondas Valbelle illustrates what a strong vintage Louis Barruol produced in this more challenging harvest. Deep berry fruit, melted licorice, camphor, white chocolate, boysenberry, blackberry and smoked duck-like characteristics are found in this rich, full-throttle red. Consume it over the next decade.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 04/07/2015

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 01/14/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 01/14/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 01/14/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 04/07/2015

    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.


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    97 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Gigondas Hominis Fides is another gorgeous wine. This cuvee comes from the lieu-dit of the same name which is located just down from the estate, just across the road from the le Claux vineyard. The soils here are sandier and more limestone-based, and the cuvee is from very old vine Grenache that was fermented with 100% whole clusters in oak tanks and aged in 20% new barrels. It offers gorgeous black raspberry and cassis fruits intermixed with notions of ground pepper, crushed flowers, graphite and loads of sandy/loamy/dried soils nuances. With full-bodied richness, gorgeous tannin quality and a texture that just glides over the palate, it's going to benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and keep for two decades. There's just 100 cases produced. (Oct 2017)

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