CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME Gigondas 2010 [Wine #2 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012]

Ranked Wine #2 in The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012 – Rated 95 Points

2010 Château St.Cosme Gigondas- “This mouthwatering red is sourced from 37 acres of vines averaging 60 years old that surround the château, on a property that has been in winemaker Louis Barruol’s family since 1490. Barruol, who took over from his father in 1995, is the 14th generation. For the 2010 bottling, he blended 60 percent Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. The 2010 vintage produced classic quality throughout the Southern Rhône.”This is jam-packed with dark blackberry, currant and boysenberry fruit, but cuts like a knife, thanks to riveting acidity, a blaze of singed iron and a long, charcoal-studded finish. A lovely lingering note of singed bay leaf adds a mouthwatering echo. Best from 2015 through 2030.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 93 Points
2010 Château St.Cosme Gigondas- “The black/purple 2010 Gigondas, which in this year is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault, has loads of sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with camphor, barbecue smoke and scorched earth. Lots of tannin, very good acidity, and a massive mouthfeel make for a real vin de garde for Louis Barruol’s 2010 Gigondas. This wine will need 3-4 years of cellaring and keep for at least 15 years.

The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck) – Rated 94 Points
“Even better than the brilliant ’07, the 2010 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas is a classical blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 2% Cinsault that is aged in a combination of old oak barrels and concrete tank. Elegant and yet powerful, with knockout aromas of licorice-laced black fruits, big minerality, garrigue, and pepper, this medium to full-bodied Gigondas has an old vine sappiness to its texture, as well as formidable tannin structure, fresh acidity, and fantastic length. Textbook stuff that needs bottle age; give it 3-4 years, and then drink over the following 15+years.”