2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 93
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Perfumy and stylish, with rooibos tea, blood orange and cherry aromas and flavors weaving through, infused with sandalwood, anise, bay leaf, sage and pepper notes along the way. A very fine and persistent chalky spine supports it all. Best from 2020 through 2035. 3,600 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"Even better than I remember it from cask, the 2016 Gigondas features hints of mocha and ripe raspberries. Slightly bitter herbal notes balance the sweetness of the fruit and impart a savory edge to this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine. It finishes supple and long, loaded with character and richness.

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)

"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)

"The 2016 Gigondas is a classic wine from this estate that shows the house style as well as the quality of the vintage. Blackberries, black cherries, herbes de Provence, ground pepper, and tons of spice all emerge from the glass. It’s deep, medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and perfectly balanced. Buy a case and enjoy bottled anytime over the coming 10-15 years or more." (JD)