Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2018
All very old vines at the foot of the Gigondas mountains, the domain has been family-owned for centuries. Gigondas stipulates that at least 50% Grenache is included. At Saint Cosme it is 70%, plus 28% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre. The late ripening Mourvedre is just ripening in the Gigondas and its mountain areas, but it gives a nice spice. Mourvedre is currently increasing dramatically in the southern Rhone Delta due to global warming. Due to the higher heat, this late-ripening grape has now arrived perfectly. At Louis Barruol everything from Gigondas is fermented as a whole grape including black horse, of course spontaneously. The expansion takes place as usual in barriques, some new wood. Louis Barruol did not lose any quantities in 2018 because they sprayed an incredible amount during the time of powdery mildew. They are organic, but they are not certified, so they have taken the liberty to increase the amount of copper compared to normal years, which is not allowed for eco-cert certified biodynamics, but no chemistry was used. There is a little more freedom if you don't get certified and still work organically. So there are pretty normal crops from this big year here. Not only red raspberry and blackberry, but also a little bit of cassis and a lot of elderberry, eucalyptus and mint, great nose. A little bit of wood, fine toasting. Incredible masses of black cherry in the mouth, that's purest Burgundy, but in lush form, very rich, incredibly pushing. Taking up all the space, I rarely had such a full-bodied gigondas in my mouth. Herbs of Provence, garrigue, undergrowth, new barrique, rich black cherry, flamed meat, massive, lush, rich. The wine has to be put away for a few years to break down its great strength and its enormous, velvety tannin masses. The wine is not fat, but also not far from it in this crazy richness and this tannin velvet carpet that floats in black cherry liqueur. Then Cassis and sweet mulberry, salt, a bit of caramel behind it, light, sweet honey trace come out of the back. Lush, rich reverberation, very high aroma. An immense wine.