2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Cuvee Valbelle

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 92-95
Vinous Media: 91-93
Red Wine
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"This is a backward brute, with a wall of roasted bay leaf, cedar, alder and juniper guarding the core of black currant, fig, prune and plum notes. Heady and dense, but there’s plenty of cut on the finish, with a grounding rod of charcoal and singed iron keeping everything up- right and focused. Best from 2015 through 2032. From France." (WS)

"The blockbuster 2010 Valbelle is the most opulent of the wines, displaying smoky barbecue notes intermixed with Asian soy, incense, black cherries, black currants, and a forest floor sort of character. Smoky, intense and full-bodied, with a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, this opulently textured blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah should drink well for 15-20 years.

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)

"Bright ruby. Cherry, black raspberry and garrigue on the seductively perfumed nose. Broad, palate-coating dark berry flavors show outstanding depth and energy, picking up exotic floral pastille and spice character with air. This seamless wine finishes with excellent clarity, power and lingering spiciness." (IWC)