Chateau de Saint Cosme "Le Claux" 2013

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Tasting Notes
"93 points.  Another wine that doesn’t lack for structure, the 2013 Gigondas Le Claux (99% Grenache and 1% Syrah) offers lots of camphor, graphite, ground pepper and limestone-like minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, very fresh, focused and elegant style on the palate. As with the Hominis Fides, it shows more tannic grip with time in the glass, and will benefit from short term cellaring."  -Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, March 2016
The grapes in this wine were harvested from old vines in a single vineyard with soil rich in limestone.  The vineyard surrounding the chateau is farmed biodynamically.  Grapes were pressed whole cluster. The juice was aged for 12 months in a variety of oak: 30% in new oak, 40% in one year old barrels, and 30% in two year old barrels.
The St. Cosme estate sits on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa and has been in existence since 1416. Winemaker Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1993 and began a negociant arm of the business  in 1997.  However, Le Claux comes from his own, very special estate grapes which enjoy extremely low yields and observant farming.  This has limited availability due to very small production.
Food Pairing Suggestions

Duck, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wild Game

France, Rhone
Grape Varietal:
99% Grenache/Garnacha, 1% Syrah/Shiraz
$106.00 each