2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 92-93
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$49.95

"Even Saint Cosme's 2016 Gigondas looks built to age. It's full-bodied and firmly tannic but balanced by ripe fruit notes of cherries, peaches and chocolate.

It is always fun to taste with the energetic Louis Barruol in his Roman-era cellar. There seems to be a nearly endless supply of wines to taste, as he now produces five different Gigondas and numerous bottlings under his négociant label (plus a joint venture in New York's Finger Lakes, for those who might not know). The prospective samples of Barruol's 2016 Gigondas were tasted blind at the local syndicat earlier the same day, while reviews of his Northern Rhône wines are scheduled to appear in issue 234." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of candied red and blue fruits, incense and peppery spices pick up a hint of potpourri as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors and a spicy jolt of white pepper. Shows excellent clarity and mineral lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins." (VM)

"Impressive, dark spices, dark fruit, graphite, coal smoke and black, stony minerals. The palate has a superb clarity of tannin, amid incredibly rich, black-fruit flesh. Power and elegance. This is superb. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Looking first at the base 2016 Gigondas, it’s certainly going to be another outstanding wine from Barruol. Based on 70% Grenache and the rest close to an even split of Syrah and Mourvèdre, it offers classic St Cosme notes of dark fruits, tapenade, pepper and smoked earth. It has plenty of tannin and will need 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade or more.

Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhône Valley. The estate lies just to the east of the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those in Gigondas. He makes a classic Gigondas as well as four single vine releases from single vineyards located around the estate. The wines are not destemmed and aged mostly in older barrels, with a small portion in new barrels." (JD)