"Utterly perfect, the 2007 Gigondas Homides Fides is the finest Gigondas I have ever tasted (it is first ever to merit a perfect score). The sad news is that there are only 250 cases for the world. A true elixir, a smorgasbord of aromas soars from the glass, including scents of blue, red, and black fruits, spring flowers, incense, and damp earth (somewhat reminiscent of a fresh black truffle). The wine possesses superb intensity, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, phenomenal concentration and purity, and impressive precision as well as length (the finish lasts close to one minute). It is not as accessible as the Valbelle or Le Claux, so 2-3 years of cellaring will be beneficial. I suspect this wine will evolve for 15 or more years. Bravo to Louis Barruol.
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 cuvees 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 cuvees 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 cuvees of 2007 Gigondas.