2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
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"Creamed pear, white ginger, green almond and melon notes all glide along in this weighty, yet pure and defined, Viognier. This finishes with a hint of fennel frond to keep it honest. Lovely. Drink now through 2015." (WS)

"Barruol has turned out a beautiful 2010 Condrieu which exhibits lychee, honeysuckle, white peach and apricot notes, good acidity, some crushed rock notes and a long finish.

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)

"Greenish-yellow. High-pitched aromas of candied citrus fruits, honeysuckle, violet and anise, with a bright mineral overtone. In a racy, elegant style that emphasizes vibrant, stony lemon and orange flavors, with a late note of pear skin adding depth. Closes with impressive energy and clarity, leaving floral and mineral notes behind." (IWC)