Côtes-du-Rhône, Deux Albion, St. Cosme
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Côtes-du-Rhône, Deux Albion, St. Cosme - 2020

Item # 20022 750mL

Les Deux Albion distinguishes itself from other bottlings from the Barruol family as it comes from old vines (60 years on average) of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. The diversity of soils also impacts the wine as the vines are located at the crossing of two geologic faults.

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Château de Saint Cosme is making some really killer wines in the Rhône valley. A benchmark in Gigondas, this estate has been in the Barruol family since 1490. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 and converted to biodynamics in 2010. Their Côtes-du-Rhône Les Deux Albion bottling is a Syrah dominated blend coming from three villages: Plan de Dieu, Saint Maurice and Cairanne. Whole clusters are co-fermented with indigenous yeasts and vinified in conical wooden vats and concrete tanks for 18 months. Richly textured with fresh and ripe fruit notes of black raspberry, black currant, blueberry and black plum. These fresh fruit notes converge with savory notes of olives, thyme and rosemary, mesquite and lavender. Firm and ripe tannins with a considerable amount of freshness that makes you want another sip.

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Glossary

Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is used to make...

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Mourvèdre

Known as Mataro in California and Monastrell in Spain, Mourvèdre can produce bold, tannic, highly alcoholic red wines. They usually show no shortage of fruit as well, and the best examples keep it all in perfect balance. Rhône-style blends are cropping up all over the world, and one of the classic tried-and-true combinations is "GSM," or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. The "M" contributes focus and fleshy character to blends - but Mourvèdre also shines on its own as a varietal wine.

Rhône

Prestige in the north, value in the south: that’s the quick version of the Rhône story. Southern village appellations produce a dizzying stylistic range of delicious wines, while the prices for northern “trophy” bottles can be dizzyingly high. If you like smoky, leathery, earthy, macho red wines, however, the wines of the northern Rhône are well worth it. Prestigious northern Rhône appellations include Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and St.-Joseph. In the southern Rhône, look to the village...

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Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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