2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas les Claux

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 95
James Suckling: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 99
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :
$129.95
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"This offers a range of sage, savory and bay leaf aromas followed by crushed black cherry, bitter plum and red currant fruit, all supported by racy, mouthwatering chalky cut. Dense, but fresh and well-defined throughout. Long finish. Best from 2020 through 2040. 250 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"All Grenache, the 2016 Gigondas le Claux comes from a parcel of vines planted around 1880. It's got an incredibly floral and tea-like nose, followed by expressive red berries, even fraises des bois. Full-bodied, silky and long, it manages to be an epic wine, not for its power but for its elegance, finesse and complexity.

Proprietor Louis Barruol continues to turn out some of the most exciting wines in his home appellation of Gigondas while expanding his négociant activities. For those who didn't know, he also has a joint venture to produce Riesling and Pinot Noir in New York's Finger Lakes. He's bullish on the Southern Rhône 2016s. As he said to me, "Maybe it is as good as 2010." He's tinkered with the Gigondas lineup, eliminating the Valbelle bottling and blending it with his Gigondas. The other bottlings are all single-parcel, 100% Grenache wines from le Claux, Hominis Fides and le Poste. Barruol is a champion of Gigondas's move to add white wine to the appellation. I reviewed his 2016 Côtes du Rhône le Poste last year, a barrel-fermented Clairette, and it has opened up a bit since then, making a more convincing case. Reviews of the Northern Rhône bottlings will be included at a later date. " (WA)

"Suave pepper and graphite with a very composed, youthful array of dark plums. Spicy and alluring. The palate has impressive density and depth with a powerful core of fine, noble tannins. Super deep finish. This is terrific! From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2020." (JS)

"Starting off the single vineyard releases, the 2016 Gigondas Le Claux is legendary Gigondas in the making. Incredibly elegant and finesse-driven, it boasts a deep ruby/purple color to go with incredibly floral notes of camphor, dried earth, black currants, and spice. This Burgundian beauty boasts full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, heavenly mouthfeel, building tannins, and again, an incredible floral quality. I absolutely love it." (JD)


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