Saint Cosme "Little James' Basket Press" Vin de Table
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The non-vintage Little James Basket Press vin de table is a solera system that Louis Barruol has put together over the last 13 years. A pure Grenache, it comes across as a chunky, beefy, bistro-styled red that offers plenty of up-front appeal in a direct, exuberant manner. Enjoy it over the next year.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(all grenache, made from a solera that was started in 1999; 50% of the blend is from the most recent vintage, in this case 2010): Bright purple. Precise, aromatic nose of cassis, cherry and lavender. Tightly wound on the palate, with a firm mineral spine giving clarity and lift to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes with gentle tannins and good focus. Quite grown-up for an entry-level wine; I've been seeing quite a bit of this wine in restaurants around the country lately.
Notes from winemaker Louis Barruol: "Little James is at Saint Cosme the wine of freedom. Our Solera is getting more and more complexity year after year. When we add the current vintage, the solera gains a new element without changing the style.This wine recalls the ancient times when the wine merchants would make wines having only one target: simple pleasure. Blending vintages can be a great way to make nice wines, if it's well done. This cuvée shows how the grenache can be a 'chameleon-grape' which has the ability to take many different forms. But it always keeps its sense of softness, fruit and texture. The 2013 bottlings will contain 50% of 2012, blended with the solera which contains all the vintages back to 1999. We were particularly careful with the Little James blends this year because we want that the spirit of grenache comes to you. Cherry, spices from the souk, gingerbread, strawberry compote, coal, tar." Fermented and aged in vat. 100% Grenache. 13.5% abv.