Little James' Basket Press, Chateau de Saint Cosme Pays d’Oc
- Vintage: 2020
- Origin: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
- Tasting notes: Medium dry, fresh acidity, unoaked. The Sauvignon Blanc brings acidity to the blend while the Viognier provides fleshiness and attractive notes of stone fruit and flowers. Blending the two varieties results in an aromatic and fresh-tasting wine with aromas and flavors of peach blossoms, fennel, apricots, grapefruit, lychee fruit, and mangos.
- Food Pairing: Try this wine with garden salads, ceviche, and grilled fish.
- Blend: 50% Viognier / 50% Sauvignon Blanc.
- 75cl - 12.5% - Screwcap
- Vineyard link: https://www.saintcosme.com/index_en.php
Established in 1570, the Chateau de Saint Cosme is beautiful winery located on an ancient estate, towards the north of the oldest wine region of France, Gigondas. This family-run vineyard is now managed by the 14th generation of the Barroul family...
"The grapes for the white Little James’ Basket Press are picked fairly early on to preserve freshness and aromatic complexity and the result is a lovely white for any occasion, a wine for pleasure and pleasure only. The Viognier, that comes from a great massal selection, grows on limestone. It needs the freshness of the Sauvignon that comes from granite mountain areas where it can fully ripen yet stay low in alcohol. The wine never exceeds 12.5% ABV and that is a goal I set myself every year. 2020 was quite a hot, dry year. Dry weather is good for whites, particularly Sauvignon because it delivers a lot of aromatic intensity. However, due to the heat, we had to pick fairly early. This tiny window leaves no room for error and anticipation is key. Drink this wine as an aperitif, with grilled fish, Provencal vegetables or alternatively with seafood. Candied lemon, tropical fruits, boxwood, mango."
£8.99 is a superb price as this retails for £10-£13 normally.