2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Poste" Gigondas

SKU #1436503 98 points Decanter

 Aromatically very deep, with blackberry fruits emerging from the oak chrysalis along with lavender notes. So silky, juicy and fine. Massy, thick and chewy tannins. Dark, black fruit compote on the palate, but fully dry. Remarkable depth and darkness of fruit. Very long. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. (MW)  (10/2019)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 More closed and backward than either the Hominis Fides or Le Claux, the 2017 Gigondas Le Poste is nevertheless just as impressive and offers its hallmark purity and elegance paired with stunning richness and depth. Black and blue fruits, crushed rocks, graphite, and a beautiful violet character all define the bouquet. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it’s the purity of fruit and balance that set this beauty above just about every other Gigondas out there. Do your best to hide bottles for at least 4-5 years.  (9/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More civilized than it was last year out of barrel, the 2017 Gigondas le Poste boasts lovely blueberry and cassis fruit. It's full-bodied and intense yet silky and darn near elegant on the palate. Don't underestimate the quantity of (ripe) tannins here, which provide a pleasant chewiness to the long, salted-licorice finish. When I stopped in to visit in mid-June, proprietor Louis Barruol had a lot to smile about. Efforts to add white Gigondas to the appellation seem to be moving ahead, his Finger Lakes project (Forge Cellars) is ticking along and the last four vintages in the Southern Rhône have been good for quality, even if quantities aren't always what they could be. His activities in the Northern Rhône are going well too (more about those in the Northern Rhône report). "I'm really happy with '18," he said. "I've become not a great believer in crazy low crops—it's not that natural." In 2018, his average yields were a reasonable 32 hectoliters per hectare. "It's not going to be as good as '16, but it's very good." (JC)  (8/2019)

96 points Wine Spectator

 This is packed with steeped fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture notes, laced liberally with violet, anise, tobacco and lavender accents. Has enough grip through the finish to keep it honest, with tar and juniper notes adding spine and heft. A beauty. (JM)  (9/2019)

95 points James Suckling

 A curiosité of soil in this parcel with tortonian limestone, like in Barolo. The nose is so elegant with a fragrant, dried-wood and camphor note and a lighter, redder fruit edge. The palate has such finesse and a very discreet, smooth and compact style. This has a very fresh, red-to-purple fruit feel at the firm, dense finish. Unique texture here. Try from 2024.  (10/2019)

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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.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5