2017 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 94-96
James Suckling: 97
Jeb Dunnuck: 96-99
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :

"Alluring, featuring a wave of crushed boysenberry, raspberry and black currant fruit that melds with tar, roasted tobacco, alder and dark earth notes as this moves along. A sleek sanguine accent and fine acidity skirt underneath, giving this subtle lift and cut. One for the cellar. Best from 2021 through 2035. From France. -J.M." (WS)

"Somehow managing to be rich, dense and chocolaty-almost fudge-like-yet remaining fresh and vivacious, it will be fascinating to see how the 2017 Gigondas Hominis Fides develops over the next year.

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)

"From limestone sands, this has a very attractively sweet, hung-meat edge to the ripe dark plums and spiced berries on offer. Really intense, rich dark fruit and spices. Super clearly articulated and very, very deep. This has strength and power at its core. Great wine. Best from 2025." (JS)

"My favorite of the single vineyard cuvées in 2017 is the Gigondas Hominis Fides, which comes from a vineyard just across the street from Le Claux. It has a killer nose of exotic flowers, freshly crushed rocks, new saddle leather, flowers, spice, and violets. Possessing full-bodied richness, an incredibly sexy, seamless, yet powerful style, and an awesome finish, it’s unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Very old mixed plantings of Grenache on Miocene limestone sand in the ‘Hominis Fides’ named vineyard. Whole clusters.

Aged for twelve months: 20% in new casks – 50% in casks used for one wine - 30% in casks used for two to three wines.

Miocene sand stems, in Gigondas and in the rest of the Rhone Valley, from a geological event subsequent to the great uplift of the Dentelles de Montmirail. When the Alps rose, they ‘opened up’ the Rhone Valley in the same way as if you tilted a sheet of paper, thus allowing the sea to gush in and snake its way along the valley. At that time, the sea covered Lyon, and extended all the way around the Alpine arc; the Luberon and the Ventoux were mere islands, prehistoric fish frolicked in the chapel of Saint Cosme and ammonites amassed in phenomenal quantities. It was then that sand settled in our region. It can be found in many sites across the southern Rhone Valley: in the uplands of Uchaux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas... Much later, the painstaking workers that we are decided to grow vitis vinifera on this sand, and ultimately it is here that Grenache would find an incredible environment to express itself. Old vine Grenache in Miocene sand equates to aromatic finesse, elegant texture and depth on the palate. As the wine matures, it takes on notes of Morey Saint Denis Pinot with its peony and red berry fruits. What a wonderful idea to have planted this vineyard at the dawn of the 20th century, 12 years before the Great War, one that is still with us today. Obviously, its voice is now more muted, but nevertheless persuasive.

Charcoal, violet, high altitude raspberry, white pepper

Bottled without filtration.