Chateau de St-Cosme Gigondas 2015 1.5-L
95 Points Wine Spectator
You can never have too much of a good thing' – this proverb sums up the 2015 vintage. The 2015 Gigondas is reminiscent of the 2010 for its density, depth, mellowness and saline freshness. Gigondas offers a fairly unusual rendition of Grenache, difficult to compare with what you find in neighboring areas. Its character can be ascribed to the ubiquitous limestone marl in the appellation. And Saint Cosme is a very unusual rendition of Gigondas because the soils are distinctively Tortonian and virtually non-existent in other parts of the appellation. This unique soil type at Saint Cosme combines with a cold microclimate with temperature readings matching those at elevations of 400m above sea level, whereas the vineyards sit at an altitude of 240m. This combination of natural factors makes Saint Cosme virtually incomparable and Grenache develops a persona that can be disconcerting such as its pervasive freshness – a dimension rarely associated with this grape. The vines face west and therefore bask in the balmy evening sunshine; in the morning, they are sheltered by the Dentelles de Montmirail – these natural patterns impart balance and texture to the wines. All of this is even more discernible in great vintages like 2015. Excellence, therefore, does serve an educational purpose. Strawberry, violet, iodine and liquorice.