My favorite vintage for this cuvee to date, the 2015 Gigondas Le Poste shows the more pure, elegant and finesse-driven side to the estate, as well as the vintage. From a terraced vineyard just up the hill from the estate and from 100% old vine Grenache fermented without destemming and aged in 20% new barrels, its deep purple color is followed by perfumed notes of black cherries, graphite, leafy herbs, gravely/damp earth like minerality and spring flowers. So pure, fine and seamless, yet with a stacked mid-palate and a huge finish, it’s a tour de force that’s up with some of the greatest Gigondas every produced. Like the other cuvees, hide bottles for 2-3 years and enjoy over the following two decades. (JebDunnuck.com)
This sports a core of dark fig, blackberry and red currant paste, along with notes of tar, lavender, roasted juniper and tobacco. Shows heft and drive, yet remains remarkably refined, offering a long, precise chalk spine that runs from start to finish. A deft combination of power and elegance. Best from 2020 through 2040.
The 2015 Gigondas le Poste is a classic expression of this vineyard and shows the more elegant, perfumed style that always comes from this site. Violets, flowers, raspberries, blueberries and green herbs all emerge from this full-bodied, lengthy and impeccably balanced Gigondas that has ultra-fine tannin and perfectly integrated acidity. Brought up just like the other two single vineyard releases, this beauty will be more accessible in its youth, yet I suspect it will age just as long. Unquestionably one of the reference point estates, not only for Gigondas, but for the entire Southern Rhône, Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme lies just outside the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those located in Gigondas. He makes a fabulous traditional cuvee that has the ability to age for 10-15 years, as well as four single vineyard releases that are primarily Grenache. These single vineyard releases are year in, year out, some of the most impressive wines from the Rhône valley. The winemaking is a mix of modern and tradition, with the wines never destemmed but aged in barrels. Looking at these latest 2015s, Louis bet me a symbolic dollar that these would surpass his 2007s. I think I might win the bet, but not by much, and I’ll certainly be thrilled to lose. Either way, these are undeniably great wines that readers should buy as much as they can afford. The 2014s are more elegant and streamlined, yet they show none of the austerity or firmness that’s common in the vinta
This has an extremely focused nose with dark plums, stones and mocha as well as graphite. The palate has sheet-like layers of ripe, glossy tannins, and plenty of rich dark fruit flavor, too. Great balance. Drink now.(NS)
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