Saint Cosme "Little James' Basket Press" Vin de Table

SKU #1016662 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.  (10/2012)

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.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2009 | Send Email
A lovely French table wine that serves up much more than expected for the price...I love it! Comprised of mostly Grenache and neither fined nor filtered, it bursts with blackberries, tobacco, spice and earthy mineral undertones that lend itself to developing beautifully in the glass throughout the evening. Amazingly complex and delightful to enjoy with or without cuisine. I enjoyed it with fresh foccacia bread drizzeled with organic olive oil, balsamic and black pepper!

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Rhone Blends



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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5