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Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011
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Wine Spectator's Top 100

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Wine Spectator's Top 100 - #10

Château de St.-Cosme
Gigondas Valbelle 2009

94 points / $58
1,175 cases made
Southern Rhône, France

In 2009, proprietor Louis Barruol cofermented Grenache with 10 percent Syrah in cement vats before aging this wine in a range of used barrels. The fruit is sourced from 80-year-old vines in five vineyards. The 2009 vintage began with a devastating spring hailstorm that reduced buds and, ultimately, yields, by 50 percent. Hot, dry weather followed, and the remaining grapes ripened fully with additional concentration and tannins. As a result, the wine delivers noticeable power and structure, ideal for cellaring.

 Proprietor Louis Barruol
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