Les Deux Albions Blanc 2017

Château de Saint Cosme

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Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010.

The estate lies in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain. In addition to the estate-grown wines labeled “Château de Saint Cosme,” Louis Barruol buys grapes from contracted growers, labeling these “négociant” wines simply as “Saint Cosme.”

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, Picpoul, and Marsanne aged on the lees in a combination of pièce, demi-muids, and INOX tank.

Tasting Notes

Les Deux Albions Blanc shows the 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 all varieties will be included in future bottlings.

Food Pairing

Viognier aged in neutral barrels has a full body and rich texture with just-medium acidity. It is easily paired with dishes that feature creamy sauces, mild white fish, and roasted pork or chicken. Picpoul brings acidity to the blend and gives this wine salinity, making it a superb choice for cooked or raw shellfish.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Saint Martin
Soil composition:
Calcareous, Rocky, and Clay
Training method:
Gobelet
Vines/acre:
2500
Exposure:
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
2013
Harvest time:
Beginning of September
First vintage of this wine:
2016
Bottles produced of this wine:
45,000
Certifying organizations:
Ecocert
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
50% Viognier, 30% Picpoul, 20% Marsanne
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
500 Liters and 228 Liters
Age of aging container:
One year
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
5 monthes
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
pH level:
3.8
Residual sugar:
1.1 g/L
Acidity:
3.0 g/L

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