2012 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Claux" Gigondas
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More aromatic and complex compared to the Valbelle, the 2012 Gigondas Le Claux exhibits notions of potpourri, leather, graphite and flowers to go with a full-bodied, elegant and pure profile on the palate. It too doesn’t lack for fruit or structure and should have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet presents candied dark berries, incense, lavender and olive tapenade, along with a bright mineral overtone. Sweet, penetrating blackberry and cherry compote flavors show outstanding depth and clarity, with a spicy quality gaining strength in the glass. Finishes smooth, smoky and very long, with solid tannins adding grip. This one is built for the cellar.
Dark crimson. Opulent, polished, sweet blackberry aromas. Very sweet and purple somehow. Finishes a little green. Tastes as though a bit of make-up (new oak) was applied – well.
From the winery: "Saint Cosme - located north to the village of Gigondas - is the most ancient estate in the region. Lying on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa which very probably already had its own vineyard, the estate's existence in 1416 is attested by a document mentioning the granting by Jean de Chalon, Price of Orange, of "land for the planting of vines on the Saint Cosme slopes.""