The story of the Saint Cosme vale and noticeably the story of Le Claux which is a pileup of limestony marls from the Miocene times. Some little sharp stones can be seen in this area : this is typical of many Gigondas terroirs : we don’t have a terroir of round stones because our vines are the daughters of a place which never saw a river And maybe not a terroir of round people either.. At Le Claux, it looks like all the natural elements went the same way : some limestone, a bit of altitude, a north-west orientation and a fresh micro-climate. It seems that everything was designed to compensate the excess of the mediterranean climate. White Clairette would probably do very well here, this is pretty clear. To finish the harvest at Le Claux is always a special time.
“The 2013 Gigondas Le Claux might again be the top wine in this lineup in the vintage. Offering up gorgeous black cherry, camphor, licorice and hints of tar, it hits the palate with serious richness, fabulous mid-palate depth and a plethora of medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors. While it shows the fresher, cooler nature of the vintage, it has more mid-palate depth and richness than the other cuvees, while still showing elegance and precision. It benefit from short term cellaring and have 10-15 years of longevity.”
Wine Advocate: 96
Wine Spectator: 95