SAINT-COSME CHÂTEAUNEUF-du-PAPE 2013

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SAINT-COSME CHÂTEAUNEUF-du-PAPE 2013 is available to buy in increments of 1
50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah & 10% Cinsault
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"2013, an atypical vintage if ever there was one, would deliver a wonderful, ‘old-fashioned style’ Châteauneuf which would be very difficult to describe as atypical. In our line of business, you have to know how to be patient because time can hold surprises. This 2013, which was so tightly-wound, so tannic and compact to start with, has completely unwound, rounded out and revealed itself over a lengthy ageing period. It has ‘worked itself out’. As the vintage was extremely late-ripening, it has produced very balanced wines with fairly low alcohol content and a freshness we always appreciate at Saint Cosme. Grenache needs time to ripen and has difficulty coping with vintages that are too hot. It reveals its character and sense of place much better in the slightly late-ripening vintages that I am particularly fond of. As climate change causes the fruit to ripen faster, we have noticed that vintages are getting earlier. With a late-ripening vintage such as 2013, we managed to revert back to Grenache with depth.

Our 2013 shows a true Châteauneuf nose marked by the soils of La Crau. Its palate is structured yet fresh which tends to remind me somewhat of a Barolo. After the more classic 2012, you will discover a slightly unique Châteauneuf in a style we won’t see again for a while. Fruits in brandy, gingerbread, garrigue, Christmas cake, undergrowth, truffle and olive paste. Bottled without filtering.​"
93/100 Wine Spectator (2013 Vintage)
“Solid, with a grippy edge running throughout, as the core of macerated black currant, fig and plum fruit pumps along. The finish picks up singed chestnut and alder notes and a dash of dark earth, providing a good contrast to the fruit. A rock-solid old-school style.”
89-91/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage)
“Still in barrel (it will see roughly two years in barrel), the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape comes mostly from the la Crau plateau and is 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and the rest an even split of Syrah and Cinsault. Fermented with 100% stems, this medium to full-bodied effort offers tons of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets and wet rock-like aromas and flavours. Beautifully textured, it plays nicely in the cooler nature of the vintage, has solid mid-palate density and will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”


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