Chateau de Saint Cosme 'Le Poste' Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2012
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"Château de Saint Cosme ‘Le Poste’ – White 2014 Côtes du Rhône
100% Clairette Tortonian marl at Saint Cosme chapel in the ‘Le Poste’ named vineyard. Fermentation in old casks and ageing on fine lees for 10 months.
The minute Clairette vineyard at Le Poste is our little gem, covering a diminutive 1,000 m2 (0.1 ha). Vines have been grown here since the 1920s. The wine’s propensity for ageing is baffling: the high proportion of limestone in the soil certainly has something to do with it. In 2014, the slow ripening process enabled us to harvest Le Poste at the precise stage that we always set, i.e. 12.5%. Experience has taught us that above
this level of ripeness, we lose minerality and finesse as well as sense of place; the wine becomes a little heavy. Interestingly, Clairette, a variety that sometimes gets bad press, is well-suited to precision wine growing as it performs well in our region. We pick the grapes around September 15 when the ratio between ripeness and freshness is naturally well established. When fermented as a single varietal it stands well on
its own, vindicating our ancestors decision to grow it here. Like for Condrieu, cool temperatures in 2014 suited it down to the ground and it will be interesting to assess the potential of this wonderful wine over
time. Ageing potential: 20 years. Gunflint, limestone, dried apricot and grapefruit." Winery