Joe Czerwinski – Wine Advocate 93
Saint Cosme’s 2018 Gigondas is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah and 1% Cinsault, aged in a combination of new and used oak, with 30% of the volume matured in concrete. Full-bodied and generous, it’s round and supple, with no hard edges to hamper the easy flow of asphalt, red raspberries and black cherries across the palate. Boasting ample but not excessive concentration, it’s a lovely, seductive example of Gigondas to enjoy over the next decade or so.
Jeb Dunnuck – Jeb Dunnuck – 93
Moving to the wines from bottle, the base Gigondas from this estate is a perennial winner and readers can safely buy bottles of this in just about every vintage. Giving up a Provençal bouquet of red and black currants, peppery herbs, leather, and loamy soil, the 2018 is medium to full-bodied, has a forward, sexy style, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s terrific today yet still has enough tannins to evolve for 10-15 years if you’re so inclined.
Wine Enthusiast 93/100,
Critic tasting note: “Peppery notes of scorched bramble and dried sage perfume ripe, rich flavors of preserved plum and black fig in this weighty blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault matured in 20% new oak. It’s an unctuously textured wine marked by strikes of char, vanilla and smoke but finishes fresh and delightfully salty. Delicious young, the wine should improve through 2028 and hold further still. Anna Lee C. Iijima” –