Wines for the February 20th Zoom Tasting

Wines for the February 20th Zoom Tasting


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We hope you will join us at 4:00 on Saturday, February 20th, for our next "One Expert, Two Wines, Thirty Minutes" tasting featuring the Rhône Valley wines of Château de Saint Cosme with Master Sommelier Jesse Becker.

In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how the Gallo-Romans lived. The property has been in the family since 1490 and they have been vignerons for 14 generations. The terroir is apparently homogeneous but it’s actually geologically very diverse as the Dentelles de Montmirail makes it very complicated. Saint Cosme is exceptionally located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare. This gives them an extraordinary diversity of soils. The Gigondas has the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time. They want their wines to express at their best the extraordinary potential of the terroirs combined with the old vines. The ancient know-how, the organic viticulture and the understanding of the terroirs are part of their philosophy. Their goal is to make balanced wines with a great ability to age.

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Saturday's tasting will include, in this order:

2018 Côtes du Rhône Rouge les Deux Albions, $21.99

Mainly Grenache, with smaller portions of Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2018 Côtes du Rhône Les Deux Albions matured in wooden and concrete vats. Black cherries and blueberries mark the nose, picking up hints of garrigue and black olives along the way. Medium to full-bodied, plush and expansive, it turns almost velvety on the finish. A terrific value.

Purchase the Cotes du Rhone here:

2018 Gigondas, $52.99

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.

Purchase the Gigondas here:

You can see our complete list of upcoming tastings here:

If you'd like to schedule a private tasting for a group of friends or business associates, email Hoyt at and he will be happy to help you plan something very special!

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