Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion (750ml)
Saint Cosme – located north to the village of Gigondas – is the most ancient estate in the region. In fact, there is evidence of a Gallo-Roman villa on the site that dates to 1416! The diversity of soils and cool micro-climates encourage slow, even and late ripening of grapes. The dedication at Saint Cosme is total; they want to best express the extraordinary potential of the terroir. Years of experience, old vines and organic viticulture are also key contributing factors to the high quality of Saint Cosme wines and their elegant house style. The Little James Basket Press Red by St. Cosme is the embodiment of the phrase “creative freedom.”
Domaine de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albions Blanc carries the Principauté-d’Orange IGP and comes from 10-hectares near Violès, directly across the Ouvèze River from Gigondas. “The level of limestone here is, I think, the highest in the region,” says Louis Barruol. This wine is a blend of Viognier and Picpoul vinified in demi-muids and aged on the lees. This white blend is comprised of a handful of grapes with the majority being Viognier and Picpoul. The wine exhibits a salty minerality typical of limestone terroir with notes of dried apricots and white flowers. The plantings near Violès include Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Viognier, Picpoul, Clairette, and Ugni Blanc, and will be included in future bottlings.