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Château de Saint Cosme Côtes-du-Rhône Deux Albion 2018 magnum
Deux Albion is pretty much the anti-thesis of the concept of “climat” or wine from 1 specific place. On the contrary, this one is a co-fermentation of different grape varieties and terroirs. An exceptional wine made of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette, which undergo integral fermentation for up to 6 weeks and then continue to age for at least 1 year in wooden and concrete cuves. The result is a dark wine with a layered bouquet and firm, full-bodied flavor. This wine far exceeds its appellation. Give it some bottle rest and enjoy it for at least 10 to 15 years!
Louis Barruol: “Récemment, nous avons dégusté au domaine quelques vieilles bouteilles de Deux Albion : 1999, 2008,2010, 2011 et d’autres encore. Ce sont toujours des dégustations étonnantes qui démontrent tout lepotentiel de garde des vins de la vallée du Rhone.”
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski): “A perennial overachiever, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions continues that run. Garrigue notes accent blueberry fruit in this full-bodied, plush wine. Loaded with hints of cherries and stone fruit, it’s a cornucopia of ripe fruit waiting to be slurped down, velvety and long on the finish.” 91/100
“Proprietor Louis Barruol continues to turn out some of the most exciting wines in his home appellation of Gigondas while expanding his négociant activities. For those who didn’t know, he also has a joint venture to produce Riesling and Pinot Noir in New York’s Finger Lakes. He’s bullish on the Southern Rhône 2016s. As he said to me, “Maybe it is as good as 2010.” He’s tinkered with the Gigondas lineup, eliminating the Valbelle bottling and blending it with his Gigondas. The other bottlings are all single-parcel, 100% Grenache wines from le Claux, Hominis Fides and le Poste. Barruol is a champion of Gigondas’s move to add white wine to the appellation. I reviewed his 2016 Côtes du Rhône le Poste last year, a barrel-fermented Clairette, and it has opened up a bit since then, making a more convincing case. Reviews of the Northern Rhône bottlings will be included at a later date.”