Gigondas is often thought of as a "poor man's" Chateauneuf du Pape and for a lot of reasons that is true.  But, the best Gigondas producers are certainly on a par with many of the better Chateauneufs and Saint-Cosme is certainly one of the best Gigondas producers.  At 12 years from vintage, this seems to be at about peak.  2006 was a very good if not remarkable vintage.  Being caught between the classic 2005 and the ostentatious 2007, it got a bit over looked.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, spice, minerals, slight tobacco/dried leaves and dried cherries.  On the palate, this has just a bit of tannins left.  Cherry fruit layered with minerals and damp earth.  Good balance.  Lovely soft texture.  Nice finish.  Works well with food or even a good cigar!  No hurry but its probably all downhill, albeit slowly, from here.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
2006

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