2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"This is jam-packed with dark blackberry, currant and boysenberry fruit, but cuts like a knife, thanks to riveting acidity, a blaze of singed iron and a long, charcoal-studded finish. A lovely lingering note of singed bay leaf adds a mouthwatering echo. Best from 2015 through 2030." (WS)

"The black/purple 2010 Gigondas, which in this year is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault, has loads of sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with camphor, barbecue smoke and scorched earth. Lots of tannin, very good acidity, and a massive mouthfeel make for a real vin de garde for Louis Barruol’s 2010 Gigondas. This wine will need 3-4 years of cellaring and keep for at least 15.

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)

"Deep ruby color. Perfumed aromas of red berries, lavender and minerals, with a spicy topnote. At once tangy and silky, with precise raspberry and rhubarb flavor and a touch of bitter chocolate. The vibrant, fruit-driven finish shows very good clarity and verve, with spice and floral notes lingering. " (IWC)