2018 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone Les Deux Albion Blanc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
James Suckling: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Massale selection from Condrieu and Hermitage. A blend of viognier, marsanne and picpoul,grown on limestone sills. The richness of viognier is delivered with freshness, thanks to the other grapes, and the length, compactness and focus at the finish is impressive. Only the third crop. Drink now." (JS)

"More rich and concentrated, the 2018 Principauté D'Orange Les Deux Albion Blanc comes all from limestone soils and includes a mix of permitted varieties. Notes of peach, apricot, and brioche all give way to a medium-bodied white that has a rounded, layered texture, plenty of richness, and a great finish." (JD)


Truly remarkable is my overall impression of this unique dry white southern Rhone filled with qualities that I find ideal to have with Chinese, Japanese and other types of far east Asian cuisine, particularly (but not exclusively) those dishes centered around all types of sea food and yes even many pork and chicken dishes. This “Les Deux Albion’’ Blanc exhibits a slightly salty minerality, which I gather is typical of vines planted on a soil rich in limestone, which also imparts tastes of dried apricots and cumquats and a nose reminiscent of wild rose petals and other white flowers. The wines made from a quite diverse variety of grapes that include Viognier (the variety for Condrieu), Marsanne, Ugni Blanc and a decent amount of Picpoul which is a variety that gives the wine a perfect touch of taste-tingling acidity and is one of the major reasons I find this wine so ideal with Asian cuisine.

RATING: 93 (and maybe 94)

PRICE: $19.99, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
2018 white Principauté d’Orange

A vineyard we planted entirely ourselves on the limestone soils of Saint Martin 40% Viognier - 20% Marsanne - 30% Picpoul - 4% Clairette – 3% Ugni blanc – 3% Bourboulenc Fermentation: 25% in demi-muids, 50% in small barrels and 25% in tanks.

Aged on the lees.

Each vintage at Saint Martin brings us its share of learning and surprises. We are constantly pushing the boundaries of this extremely calcareous soil. In fact, from year to year we harvest earlier because this is the way quality is pushing us. Excessive ripeness in southern Rhone Valley whites is the main pitfall that needs to be avoided. The mistake is very quick to make and there is no going back. This year we experimented with wild starter yeasts that produce more dynamic fermentations at low temperatures: this was conclusive and the aromatic complexity of the wild ferments expresses itself well. Every year new plots of land come on-stream and give us food for thought. In 2019, we will harvest the first fruit from new field selections of Marsanne and Viognier from Hermitage and Condrieu, and we will plant 0.5 hectares of ‘Saint Côme’, the Aveyron grape variety that bears the name of our estate. The 2018 is very fresh. Its aromas of white peach, mango and rose usher in a balanced, saline palate. I am very happy with what the Saint Cosme team has done in this beautiful abandoned vineyard site. We have given a small piece of land a new lease of life.

Flint, dried apricot, marshmallow, violet

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