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St Cosme - Condrieu 2012

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Northern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Louis Barruol
  • Grape: Viognier
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (10 btls) Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 91 (2012) VS: 92 (2012) JR: 16.5 (2010) WS: 93 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Louis Barruol notes - "We are very lucky to have several good vintages in a row in Condrieu. Because three of the last four vintages were great: 2008, 2010 and 2011. The fresh 2011 summer made a long ripening season, which is the ideal situation to make a good Condrieu. The viognier hates the sun which has the tendency to offer a heavy caricature of Condrieu. The real great Condrieu has to be made with nice golden bunches but shouldn't excess 13,5° in alcohol. The equation is difficult to solve in a hot year like 2003. But in 2011, the slow ripening allowed to harvest at the exact optimum. Then the ageing on the lies brings the volume and the depth. As we don't really know what the global warming will reserve in the future, let's appreciate immediately this Condrieu "In Antiquis", the real Condrieu.. It goes very well with truffles or a Roquefort soup. Mango, liquorish, violet, peach. The wine will be bottled in june 2012, after the malolactic fermentation, with a very soft filtration."

Winery Information

St Cosme

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

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)91 pts

Wine Advocate #210 Sept 2013 - Jeb Dunnock - The 2012 Condrieu is a classic effort that gives up exotic fruits, white peach, apricot and citrus to go with a medium-bodied, clean and pure palate feel. Showing the richness of the variety in its texture, the overall impression here is one of purity and freshness.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)92 pts

Mar/Apr '14 by Josh Raynolds - Green-tinged yellow. Sexy, expansive aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, anise and smoky minerals, with a floral quality emerging with aeration. Sappy, penetrating and pure, boasting serious depth to its pear and nectarine flavors. Concentrated but racy as well, finishing spicy, stony and very long.

JancisRobinson.com (2010)16.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2011 - Elegant and definite pear and citrus but also clearly mineral. Creamy, smooth, dense, just fresh, with that slight Viognier bitterness adding a layer of refreshment. Long. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2012)93 pts

Features a lightly toasted feel, with a piecrust frame around the core of apricot, white peach and glazed Bosc pear flavors. Shows a tropical edge on the finish, with a papaya note, but fine minerality keeps this precise and focused.

Vinification Notes

Granitic soils. Aged for eight months 30% in new oak - 40% in one year old barrels -30% in two years old barrels.