2017 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Poste

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.0%
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"The 2017 Gigondas le Poste is just super: super purple, super concentrated and super tannic. Really intense, it's not a wine for the shy, steamrollering along with dark fruit and powerful notes of licorice on the lengthy finish.

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)

"More full-bodied, with incredible purity in its aromatics and fruit, the 2017 Gigondas Le Poste is another 100% Grenache cuvée that’s from a slightly higher elevation, terraced vineyard near the domaine. As with all the cuvées here, it’s not destemmed and is brought up mostly in used barrels. Offering lots of black currants, spice box, graphite, and licorice, it builds beautifully on the palate, has great concentration and intensity, and a blockbuster finish." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Old mixed plantings of Grenache.

Whole clusters.

Tortonian limestone marl hillsides at Saint Cosme chapel, in the ‘Le Poste’ named vineyard. Aged for twelve months: 50% in casks used for one wine - 30% in casks used for two wines. In my journey as a winegrower, during which I have been fortunate to meet many brilliant, inspiring people who have generously shared their knowledge, two of them have given me (and still give me) the keys to understanding the concept of place. The locality, or the ‘climat’ as they refer to it in Burgundy, is obviously a fundamental notion in our profession. These two people are my friends the geologist Georges Truc and the Burgundian sociologist who invented geo-sensory tasting, Jacky Rigaux. I would like to take this opportunity to tell them how grateful I am to them for having helped me so well along my journey. The pleasure of being the recipient of such clearly expressed and shared knowledge is inimitable. The fact that both Georges and Jacky were university lecturers probably explains why they are teachers at heart. If one place at Saint Cosme illustrates the notion of ‘place’, it has to be Le Poste, such is the ease with which it can be identified. Its unique topography and geology make it a source of inspiration for the imagination.

Violet, ash, wild strawberry.

Bottled without filtration