Gigondas 2018 Château de Saint Cosme
Twelve months’ ageing: 20% in new casks - 50% in casks used for 1 to 4 wines - 30% in concrete tanks. Limestone marl and Miocene sand. It is always interesting to take a close look at the way a terroir “translates” the vintage, all the more so when techniques and approaches are consistent from one year to the next. I have noticed that this “translation” is even more patent when the vineyard site boasts a high pedigree. Consequently, at Saint Cosme that translation is always extremely captivating. A case in point is 2018, which was a rainy vintage in the spring and produced quite large berries. The wines therefore have the “nimble”, supple characters associated with cool vintages. In years like this, Saint Cosme often reveals its “Burgundian” style, reminiscent of delicate Pinot and its aromas of red berries, forest floor and violets. Salinity acts as a flavour enhancer and freshness underscores the harmony of the whole, with all its charm and depth. These ethereal vintages offer a translation of Saint Cosme recalling the 1980s - the stellar 1985, for instance, a vintage showing lots of finesse which is still in great shape, as evidenced by a magnum tasted recently. I hope you enjoy the 2018, a deliciously feminine version of Saint Cosme. Blackberry, raspberry, violet, forest floor.
- Gegrild vlees
The Wine Advocate
Saint Cosme's 2018 Gigondas is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah and 1% Cinsault, aged in a combination of new and used oak, with 30% of the volume matured in concrete. Full-bodied and generous, it's round and supple, with no hard edges to hamper the easy flow of asphalt, red raspberries and black cherries across the palate. Boasting ample but not excessive concentration, it's a lovely, seductive example of Gigondas to enjoy over the next decade or so.
From one of Gigondas's top producers, I guess it should be no surprise that this year's lineup is flat-out terrific. The single-parcel wines from 2018 are among the best I've tasted here, managing to combine remarkable intensity with seductive, approachable textures. These are wines that are delicious now, yet appear capable of drinking well for more than a decade. And don't overlook the Côtes du Rhône offerings from proprietor Louis Barruol, which continue to offer outstanding value.