Everything about Saint Cosme Cote Rotie with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Saint Cosme History, Overview
Saint Cosme is a negociant firm that produces excellent wine in Cote Rotie, as well as in Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas, which 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 planted vines thousands of years ago.
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.
Henri Barruol the patriarch of the family who really brought Saint Cosme into the modern age passed away at 89 years of age in January 2017. His son, Louis Barruol has been in charge of Domaine Saint Cosme since 1992.
While the common practice for most negociants is to buy finished wine in barrel from the grower, allowing them to bottle, label and sell the wine, that is not the case with Saint Cosme, which prefers buying the grapes before the harvest, allowing them to control the entire vinification process as well as the handle the barrel aging and bottling of the wine.
Saint Cosme Cote Rotie Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Saint Cosme produces 1 Cote Rotie wine.
Saint Cosme Cote Rotie – The fruit used to produce Saint Cosme comes from vines planted on the Cote Brune in the Neve, Le Plomb and La Vialliere lieux-dits.
The terroir is steep, terraced, hillside vineyards with schist and granite soils. The wine is made using 100% old vine Syrah.
The grapes are 100% whole cluster fermented, meaning that all the berries are fermented with their stems attached. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels and 50% used barrels before bottling.
When to Drink Saint Cosme, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Saint Cosme, when young, should be decanted at least 1-2 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Saint Cosme is often better with 7-9 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 8-18 years of age.
Serving Saint Cosme with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine 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.
Domaine Saint Cosme is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes, tomatoes, eggplant and sausage. Domaine Jasmin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Condrieu, the white wine of Saint Cosme is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Saint Cosme produces red and white wine in the Southern Rhone aside from Cote Rotie with wines from Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhone and in the Northern Rhone with Crozes Hermitage, St. Joseph and Condrieu.
Saint Cosme produces the following red wines:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Saint Cosme
Gigondas Chateau de Saint Cosme
Gigondas Hominis Fides
St Joseph Saint Cosme
Cotes du Rhone Rouge
Cotes du Rhone Rouge Les Deux Albion
Cotes du Ventoux
Vin de Table, Little James Basket Press
Saint Cosme makes the following white wines:
Cotes du Rhone Blanc
Cotes du Rhone Blanc Le Poste
Saint-Cosme Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 41,671 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Meaty, fresh, bright, peppery and lush, with a core of dark, sweet cherries, raspberries, licorice, smoke and flowers. There is a softness to the tannins and a freshness to the layers of spicy kirsch in the finish. Another 5 - 7 years or so will really round things out here. For an ever-increasingly expensive appellation, this offers good value in the Northern Rhone. 94 Points
3,501 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2019
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. 90 Points
2,605 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
Garrigue and thyme, with fresh black raspberries open the wine. On the palate, this medium bodied wine shows its elegance and charm early. 90 Points
3,821 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
Full bodied, lusciously textured, peppery, black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke and fresh herbs. This is good now and should be even better with another 2 years or so of age. 92 Points
2,461 Views Tasted Mar 6, 2018
Really stylish expression of Cote Rotie, with flowers, cherry, black raspberries, wet earth, forest leaf and olive notes. Medium/full bodied, fresh and vibrant, soft and polished, this should age well for at least another decade. 92 Points
3,674 Views Tasted Mar 13, 2018
Sporting a nose of kirsch, fennel and garrigue, this forward styled, plush wine is already drinking in the sweet spot. 91 Points
4,485 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
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. 92 Points
2,553 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2013
What a charmer, with its kirsch, earth, black raspberry and floral personality, lush textures and long, fresh, sweet, dark red berry and spicy finish. 92 Points
3,244 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2013
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. 91 Points
3,340 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2012
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. 94 Points
2,724 Views Tasted Sep 1, 2010
Fully mature, and probably at peak, the wine offers lush textured, richness and an earthy mix of herbs, black pepper, smoke and ripe, fresh, sweet cherries and black raspberry. There is no reason to age this any longer. 92 Points
1,595 Views Tasted Mar 7, 2018
My last bottle of this beauty was consumed a few years ago. Luckily, a friend brought a bottle last night, and while it has dropped a bit of depth and freshness, the wine is now quite sensual in nature, with sweet, ripe, peppery, kirsch and red plums, silky tannins and a red pit fruit filled finish. Nothing lasts forever, so if a have a bottle or two around, you should not hold on any longer. 93 Points
2,274 Views Tasted Feb 26, 2019
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. 94 Points
2,003 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2016
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. 96 Points
3,391 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2012