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Chateau de Saint Cosme History, Overview
Chateau de Saint Cosme is a negociant firm that produces excellent wine in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as in Cote Rotie and Gigondas. In fact, Gigondas is where the domaine maintains their official location. Saint Cosme is situated close to the site of an ancient Roman villa that is said to have been planted with vines thousands of years ago.
Saint Cosme is one of the older wine producers in the world. They have been involved in producing wine since the 15th century! Today, Chateau de Saint Cosme is owned by the Barroul family. The company is family owned and manged. It has been passed down for 15 generations of the Barroul family. Henri Barruol the patriarch of the family who really brought Saint Cosme into the modern age starting with the 1957 vintage, passed away at 89 years of age in January 2017. His son, Louis Barruol has been in charge of the company since 1992.
Saint Cosme produces Gigondas from 15 hectares of land they own. Saint Cosme produces their Cote Rotie wine from purchased fruit obtained from growers in the Northern Rhone valley. In Gigondas, they make several wines including 4 single vineyard wines which are the true stars of the appellation; Valbelle, Le Claux, Hominis Fides and Le Poste. Valbelle, was the first of those wines making its debut in 1993. The terroir for Valbelle and Hominis Fides is sand and limestone soils. Le Claux, has a terroir of gravel and clay with old vines that were planted in over 100 years ago. Le Poste is produced from 50 year old vines that were planted in 1963 in a terroir of limestone and marl soil.
Chateau de Saint Cosme Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Chateau de Saint Cosme makes 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge wine.
Chateau de Saint Cosme does not own vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. They maintain contracts with several growers. Most of their grapes are planted in the La Crau, Valori Cristia and Courthezon lieux-dits.
The vast majority of the fruit they purchase is a blend if 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 7% Cinsault and 3% Claritte. Although, the blend can often will vary to some extent, depending on the character and quality of the vintage. The vines are old at close to 60 years of age. The fruit is not destemmed. Instead, the grapes are all 100% whole cluster fermented. The wine is aged in old, small, French oak barrels for an average of 20 – 23 months, depending the character and quality of the vintage. On average, Chateau de Saint Cosme produces about 350 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape wine each year.
Serving and Decanting Chateau de Saint Cosme with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Chateau de Chateau Saint Cosme is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Saint Cosme is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau Saint Cosme is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
Chateau de Saint Cosme produces several wines in the Southern Rhone from the Gigondas, and Cotes du Rhone appellations. In the Northern Rhone Valley they produce Cote Rotie, Crozes Hermitage, St. Joseph and Condrieu.
Saint-Cosme Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 28420 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Fresh, peppery, polished and expressive, the wild red fruits and spice mixture comes through from start to finish on the nose and on the palate. This is a solid effort in a mixed vintage.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1571 Views
Garrigue and thyme, with fresh black raspberries open the wine. On the palate, this medium bodied wine shows its elegance and charm early.
Sep 8, 2015points - Tasted 2182 Views
Sporting a nose of kirsch, fennel and garrigue, this forward styled, plush wine is already drinking in the sweet spot.
May 29, 2013points - Tasted 4155 Views
Forward in style, lushly textured and with a complex set of aromatics set off by licorice, vanilla, black cherry liqueur, jam, pepper and fresh herbs, this is one of the few remaining value wines from Cote Rotie.
Dec 1, 2013points - Tasted 2232 Views
|2007||Château de Saint-Cosme Valbelle (Gigondas)|
With a perfume of sweet, ripe, red and dark fruits, pepper, herbs and spice, the wine is rich, full bodied and concentrated, ending with fat layers of juicy, black raspberries and jam.
Mar 12, 2013points - Tasted 2431 Views
What a charmer, with its kirsch, earth, black raspberry and floral personality, lush textures and long, fresh, sweet, dark red berry and spicy finish.
Mar 15, 2013points - Tasted 2885 Views
Fresh jammy strawberry, garrigue, cherry liqueur, pepper, mint, smoke and graphite. In the mouth, the wine offers silky, rich, earthy, ripe, sweet strawberry, dried cherry and spice. There is no sensation of heat or jam. It's drinking well today.
Jul 15, 2012points - Tasted 3097 Views
03 St. Cosme Cote Rote rocks the moment it's popped and poured. Ripe blackberry, pepper, blueberry, bacon fat and jammy black cherries make their mark. This fat textured wine ends with a long jammy, fruit filled finish. What this wine lacks in elegance, it makes it up in spades with sex appeal.
Sep 1, 2010points - Tasted 2480 Views
Splash decanting was all this needed to bring out the black cherry, balsamic, bacon fat, licorice and fresh herb notes in the wine. Fully mature, the wine has shifted its fresh, acidic youthful profile and is now delivering silky, lush, black raspberries, with a mint accent. There is still ample freshness, spice and vibrancy here, but there is no real reason to age this any further. I have 3 bottles remaining from the original case and I'll probably finish them over the next 5-7 years.
Aug 10, 2016points - Tasted 1688 Views
Sweet ripe cherries, all spice, truffle, stone, fresh herbs and sizzling bacon fat brought this perfume to life! With silky textures, depth, purity of fruit, freshness and a long ripe, dark cherry finish, this Cote Rotie wine was a pleasure to drink. This is at the perfect place to start tasting this wine.
Jun 9, 2012points - Tasted 3146 Views
|1998||Château de Saint-Cosme Valbelle (Gigondas)|
This is a large scaled Gigondas filled with fresh black pepper, red and black fruit and meaty scents. Big, burly, rustic and primal. Fully mature.
Mar 28, 2008points - Tasted 2553 Views