2009 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Poste

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Gigondas Le Poste (from limestone soils) is aged in a slightly different way (50% new oak and 50% 1-year-old barrels are used). This vineyard was ravaged by hail in 2009, so only 75 cases were made from 2.47 acres. Normally this cuvee would be 100% Grenache, but in order to vinify the wine, Barruol had to add 30% Syrah, breaking his overall philosophy that these single terroir wines have to be 100% Grenache. In any event, while this wine is made in a slightly different style, it is an outstanding effort displaying a deep ruby/purple color along with sweet blackberry, cassis and floral notes, full body, a chewy style and plenty of well-concealed tannins. It should drink well for 10-12 years.

As I have written previously, there is no more passionate and talented proprietor than Louis Barruol. His 2007s were the greatest wines he has yet made, and his 2008s are some of the finest efforts from that challenging vintage . He has followed those up with some very good 2009s. Moreover, some sensational bargains can also be found at this property. It goes without saying that readers should go back and take a look at my reviews of the Saint-Cosme 2007s (issue #185). If you can find any on retailers’ shelves, they are out of this world! Barroul told me that the challenge in 2009 was the excessive drought. Even though some rain did finally arrive, many of the vines had already shut down and it was difficult to get fully mature tannins. Additionally, because of high sugars, vinifications were tricky and there were potential issues with volatile acidity as well as excessively high pH’s, which added additional technical difficulties. A few years ago, Barruol began producing three other cuvees of Gigondas in order to showcase the different terroirs of his estate. They are all 100% Grenache from very different soil bases." (WA)

"Glass-staining ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry, cherry-cola, olive and smoky Indian spices. The palate shows a lively black raspberry and floral character and a slow-building note of spicecake. Finishes juicy and impressively precise, with excellent finishing bite and smoky persistence. There's 40% syrah in here." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Slope of Limestony marl from Tortonien by the Chapelle de Saint Cosme, at « Le Poste » Aged for twelve months : 50% in new oak – 50% in one year old barrels

Le Poste in 2009 is elegant like a black truffle aroma. A fruit made out of earth and stones. Le Poste 2009 will remain as an exception in the history of the “lieu-dit” as the hail des- troyed 80% of the buds. We harvested 450 kg of grapes on 0,8 has which gives a produc- tion of 4,1 hos / has. I have the feeling that we will never see again such a crop as it is so close to zero.

The harvest has been quite sad, because what makes a farmer happy is overall to produce something with the help of nature. Get nice fruits is being in harmony with nature. This is such a great feeling. The children, who mainly think on an instinctive and poetic way, love nice cherries on a tree, they are happy when they pick their own tomatoes. It is just the same. But this terrible hail recalls that we are nothing in front of nature. I accept that and I think about tomorrow. This quantity of grapes was impossible to vinify: I used some serine from the same soils to be able to ferment the wine and we finally got 3 barrels instead of 9 in a normal year.

The wine is beautiful, a little different, with a very clear “Poste” expression. Violet, raspberry, blackberry, lode, limestone. Bottled without filtration