2016 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Poste" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352269 97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from Barruol’s favorite vineyard located on just up the hill from the domaine, the 2016 Gigondas Le Poste is another huge wine, and probably the richness, ripest example of this cuvee I’ve tasted. Possessing almost overflowing amounts of blackberry fruits, graphite, spring flowers and huge minerality, it offers awesome purity, full-bodied richness, and a great, great finish. I can’t wait to taste this from bottle. Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhône Valley. The estate lies just to the east of the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those in Gigondas. He makes a classic Gigondas as well as four single vine releases from single vineyards located around the estate. The wines are not destemmed and aged mostly in older barrels, with a small portion in new barrels.  (10/2017)

98 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a perfumed feel to the lavender, violet and savory notes that lead off, followed quickly by ripe, focused fresh cherry, cassis and raspberry puree flavors, all harnessed by very fine chalky minerality, which extends through the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)  (8/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Gigondas le Poste has admirably fulfilled the potential I saw last year from barrel. It's full-bodied, creamy and lush, while being hugely concentrated and rich. Cherries, baking spices, hints of dark chocolate—this wine has it all, wrapped up in a nearly endless, velvety finish. This 100% old-vine Grenache is one of the finest Gigondas I've ever tasted. (JC)  (8/2018)

95 points James Suckling

 Ripe, dark, raspberries and strawberries with toasted spices. This has a more modern edge and a heap of perfume with wild herbs. Fine and elegant tannins are steeped in a wealth of rich fruit and wild herbs that infuse the fresh, lively finish. From organically grown grapes.  (8/2018)

94-95 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Mineral-accented red berry preserve and floral oil aromas are complemented by suggestions of pungent garrigue and Asian spices. Chewy, concentated and alluringly sweet, showing impressive clarity to its intense raspberry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors. Finishes extremely long and mineral, with mounting tannins coming in late. (JR)  (8/2018)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5