Wine Advocate #197 Oct 2011 - Robert Parker - As for the inexpensive wines, one of his creations is his non-vintage Little James Basket Press, which is created from a solera system that he started in 1999, so it tends to have about 50% of the most recent vintage (in this case 2010) blended with a little from each of the previous vintages between 1999 and 2009. It is a real fruit bomb, with a dark ruby purple color, loads of raspberry, chocolate and black currant fruit, silky tannins and a slightly evolved style due to the solera system. It is a winner, especially at the humble price it sells for.
- Country: France
- Wine Region: Rhône
- Wine Area: Southern Rhône
- Grape: Grenache / Garnacha
- Grape Percentage: 100% Grenache
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now
Little James is at Saint Cosme the wine of freedom. Our Solera is getting more and more complexity year after year. When we add the current vintage, the solera gains a new element without changing the style... This wine recalls the ancient times when the wine merchants would make wines having only one target: the pleasure. Blending vintages can be a great way to make nice wines, if it’s well done. This cuvée shows how the grenache can be a «chameleon-grape» which has the ability to take many different forms. But it always keeps its sense of softness, fruit and texture. The 2012 bottlings will contain 50% of 2011, blended with all the vintages back to 1999. Cherry, spices from the souk, gingerbread, strawberry compote, coal, garrigue.
Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Ch. was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the Ch.'s caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range. Louis is an.. read more
May 2012 by Josh Raynolds - Bright purple. Precise, aromatic nose of cassis, cherry and lavender. Tightly wound on the palate, with a firm mineral spine giving clarity and lift to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes with gentle tannins and good focus. Quite grown-up for an entry-level wine; I've been seeing quite a bit of this wine in restaurants around the country lately.