Domaine Saint Cosme PrincipautÉ D’orange Igp Les Deux Albion Blanc 2017

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  • Product Code: 7526
  • Country: France
  • Region: Rhône
  • Style: White
  • Variety: Rhone Blend (White)
  • Closure: Cork
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 50% Viognier, 30% Picpoul & 20% Marsanne

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Regions : Rhône

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50% Viognier, 30% Picpoul & 20% Marsanne

Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010.

The estate lies in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain. In addition to the estate-grown wines labeled “Château de Saint Cosme,” Louis Barruol buys grapes from contracted growers, labeling these “négociant” wines simply as “Saint Cosme.”

Domaine de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albions Blanc carries the Principauté-d'Orange IGP and comes from 10-hectares near Violès, directly across the Ouvèze River from Gigondas. "The level of limestone here is, I think, the highest in the region," says Louis Barruol. This wine is a blend of Viognier, Picpoul and Marsanne from the organically certified Saint Martin Vineyard. Vinified in demi-muids, small casks, tanks and aged on the lees.

The Saint Martin named vineyard in Violès is located right on the boundary with the Gigondas appellation, across the river Ouvèze which marks the border between the two villages. This proximity is of paramount importance. Firstly, the two villages share historical bonds: Gigondas and Violès have always been part of the Principality of Orange, annexed to France during the French Revolution. The principality has had a deep-rooted influence on our agricultural practices, our culture and our mindset. Hence our strong attachment to the “Principauté d’Orange” appellation which is freighted with significance. Before the French Revolution, a royal prerogative allowed Saint Martin and Saint André to produce white wines from Muscat. It is quite extraordinary that just a few metres away from Gigondas, now so famous for its top-flight Grenache noir wines, Saint Martin can lay a claim to recognition dating back much further, but for white wines.

Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 vintage reveals the freshness, aromatic finesse and salinity that are so typical of limestone soils. The team at the estate has worked hard on the soils and the vines over the past few years to give voice to this beautiful terroir. The outcome is beautiful and I am delighted to be able to share it with you today. The second year of harvesting at our Saint Martin vineyard sees the Marsanne vines produced from a field selection in the finest Hermitage sites come on-stream. The selection imparts finesse, texture and complexity. 2017 was not a straightforward year for the whites – we had to be very careful not to harvest too late to maintain good balance. As usual, the Picpoul was a great help in maintaining wonderful balance hinging on freshness, though obviously the core of this wine is the Viognier – on the limestone soils of Saint Martin, it fully expresses itself. This year sees our Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc vines start bearing. We have one unplanted hectare at Saint Martin and are going to plant it with ‘Saint Côme’ – no, you’re not dreaming, Saint Côme is an endangered grape variety. Only 2.5 hectares are left worldwide and it is only right that Saint Cosme should welcome Saint Côme and give it a home. An ancient white grape variety renowned for its freshness, exploring its identity will be a major eye-opener. The vineyards at Saint Martin are an exciting adventure – year after year, the limestone soils reveal themselves as the vines start to bear. If you taste each vintage of this wine, you and I will be going down the same path together. Flint, dried apricot, marshmallow heirloom rose and violet."

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