A perfectly formed Gigondas made from 67 % Grenache; 20% Syrah; 12% Mourvedre; 1% Cinsault, it comes from a man who tends his own vines high up towards the famous Dentelles de Montmirail, and knows them from boyhood. A layered, complex bouquet of mulled black cherries, toasted spice, serious minerality, cigar wrapper, and subtle spring flowers, the balance and crispness gave it a decade or so of ageing potential, so this is just coming into its ideal drinking window.. (RP gives 90 -92/100)
Producer Information: Saint Cosme
While his family has been growing grapes for 14 generations, Louis Barruol is the first of the clan to bottle his own wines, rather than sell grapes to local negociants. Indeed, Louis has become a negociant himself, sourcing grapes and wines throughout the Rhone Valley and making an outstanding range of wines. The basic Cotes du Rhone puts most producers to shame, while the Gigondas made from his own estate fruit is always one of the top wines of the appellation.
Louis makes his wine without fining and his wines are bottled unfiltered to produce exuberant fruit and flavour as well as lots of character. His wines remain one of our star finds and judging by all the great reviews he has received we are lucky to have found them when we did.