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"The 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape, which Barruol purchases from select vignerons, is dominated by Grenache, but it includes at least 30% Mourvèdre and a small quantity of Cinsault. A dense purple color is accompanied by a ripe nose of red and black fruits, Christmas fruitcake, spice box, garrigue, and pepper. Rich and full-bodied with moderate tannin, good acidity, and a layered, intense mouthfeel, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should age for 15+ years.
When I first met Louis Barruol a number of years ago, it was apparent that he had no shortage of competence, passion, or talent, so it is extremely satisfying to write the following reviews, which confirm the young Barruol as one of the superstars of the Rhone Valley. Even his work with what are considered to be “minor” wines from the Cotes du Rhone and his non-vintage solera system Little James is nothing short of exceptional. He has also performed well above expectations in the more challenging vintage of 2008, generally a disappointing year in Gigondas, but not in these cellars. Barruol’s two cuvées of 2008 white wines are not to be missed (2008 is a much better vintage for white grapes than it was for reds). Barruol was not discouraged from making his four cuvées of Gigondas in 2008. As he said, it was a question of picking very late, doing a severe culling in the vineyard, and later, another triage once the grapes came into the winery. His success is evident with the following four wines, all sold under the Chateau Saint-Cosme label. While Barruol decided not to make a Valbelle in 2008, three single vineyard offerings were produced. Louis Barruol and I agree that his finest wines to date are his five cuvées of 2007 Gigondas." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #185
Drink from: 2011-2026
"An old-school style, this shows a very dark, slightly brawny profile, with grippy tobacco, mulled currant, freshly brewed espresso, bittersweet cocoa and tar notes that rumble through the roasted sage-tinged finish. Terrific buried acidity helps to harness this and drive it all along. There's lots of range, but superb focus. Best from 2011 through 2024. 100 cases imported." Wine Spectator
Drink from: 2011-2024
"Bright purple. Exotically perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, potpourri and smoky Indian spices. Lush, creamy, expansive red and dark berry preserve flavors are complemented by notes of allspice and anise, with supple tannins gaining strength on the back end. A kick of zesty spices lends energy and thrust to the finish, but this seamless wine is delicious already." Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com