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Chateau de Saint Cosme COTES DU RHONE 201

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Redcurrant, blackcurrant, liquorish, violet. Limestony sands, red clay, rolling stones. Aged in vat. Two sources compose this wine for many years now: I am impressed by the way they are consistant in quality whatever the vintage is. Vinsobres brings the freshness, the complexity, the strength and the relief. The "villafranchiennes terraces" from the Gard area (huge terraces of rolling stones) generate the colour, the power, the generosity of a southern syrah. These two go so well together, are so complementary, that I will not change this recipe. What I look for in this wine is a bright fruit followed by a well-structured mouth with a good texture. I am not necesarly searching for an ageing potential, but apparently, this bottle does age.. The syrah from the southern rhone does not have the finesse of a good northern rhone syrah, but it has a fresh fruit full of charm.. In 2012, our wines from Vinsobres are exceptional. Harvesting late allowed us to vinify great wines : they will be the base of our 2012.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Rhone
Brand Chateau de Saint Cosme
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Wine SpectatorA solid, gutsy version, with notes of plum paste and black currant preserves studded with hints licorice and singed vanilla. Briar and tobacco details check in on the finish, which shows pleasant grip. Drink now.

James Molesworth, February 28, 2014