2009 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas les Claux

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 89+
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"This is rich, displaying lovely detail, as chestnut, tobacco and sage notes are inlaid in the core of dark plum, braised fig and macerated blackberry fruit. The long, smoldering finish has superb acidity, with mouthwatering mesquite and licorice snap notes that really stretch it out. Drink now through 2022. 75 cases imported. " (WS)

"The 2009 Gigondas Le Claux displays some floral notes along with dense blackberry and blueberry fruit notes and hints of cassis, licorice and earth, but it is slightly clipped in the finish, and then the tannins kick in. It is interesting that these three cuvees were showing more noticeable hail issues than they did last year, when the fruit dominated.

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 the following wines are 100% Grenache, with the exception of the first two." (WA)

"Vibrant ruby. Highly aromatic scents of fresh red berries, Asian spices and smoky herbs. At once deep and energetic, with lively raspberry and cherry flavors enlivened by zesty minerality. The spicy note repeats on the long, juicy, incisive finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
100 % Grenache

Yellow clay and Limestony marl from Miocene

Aged for twelve months: 30% in new oak – 40% in one year old barrels - 30 % in two years old barrels.

The vintage 2008 had required a lot of efforts for very small crops. 2009, following an opposite weather scenario, ends up giving a similar result: very low yields ... Obviously the style of the wines is completely opposite.

Le Claux is the largest field at Saint Cosme (1,8ha) and it is maybe the best. Hominis has probably more depth and Le Poste is a more charming wine, but I have this idea that La Claux might be the best “old wine”. We will know the truth about this in ten years time. Right now we can “only” appreciate it in its youth with its distinctive burgundy character and its great balance.

Cherries, peat, forest aromas, coal.

Bottled without filtration