Saint-Cosme - Syrah, Côtes du Rhône, France (2021)

Saint-Cosme - Syrah, Côtes du Rhône, France (2021)

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The nose opens with a lovely floral violet, followed by dark berries, tobacco and charcoal notes. The palate echoes the nose and there is a pleasing grip on the finish. A wine with a substantial structure, it is also brimming with fruit and shows great concentration, counterbalanced by the freshness. 

 

REGION France > Rhône
GRAPE(S) Syrah
VINTAGE 2021
ABV 15%
FEATURES Sustainable, Organic, Vegan-Friendly
SCALE Dry

 

A fairly rare 100% Syrah from the Côtes du Rhône by legendary winemaker, Louis Barruol, with over 500 years of winemaking in the family. The grapes are from his Gigondas and Vinsobres estates in the Southern Rhône. It's a fabulous introduction to this iconic winery, and demonstrate the quality, complexity and intricacy of wines made at Louis' deft hands. This wine epitomizes value in this region that is known for high quality at already-great prices.

 

Louis Barroul’s family has owned this estate since 1570, but there’s an 11th century chapel in the middle of the vineyard. Vines were planted here by 1416 at the latest. Today, there are 15 ha of vineyards in three distinct parcels around the château. Average vine age is 60 years. Two of these parcels, ‘Le Claux’ and ‘Hominis Fides’, were planted prior to 1902.

The Dentelles de Montmirail makes this geologically complex — Saint Cosme is located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare — and gives an extraordinary diversity of soils to the terroir. The microclimate is cool and late ripening, helping define Gigondas with the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time. Château de St. Cosme captures the extraordinary potential of the terroir combined with the remarkable character of these old vines. Organic viticulture respects the ancient traditions of the estate. ‘Château de Saint Cosme’ on the labels identifies the estate-grown wines – Gigondas, three ‘cru’ Gigondas, Côtes du Rhône rouge, and a ‘cru’ white are produced.

Louis also crafts a selection of ‘negociant-vigneron’ wines (labeled as ‘Saint Cosme’, without ‘Chateau’) from a selection of great terroir in both Northern & Southern Rhône. He works with the spirit of a vigneron using ancient traditions: remaining a small producer, collaborating with winemakers who share his philosophy, transporting the wines in casks to avoid racking them and killing their fruit, preserving the purity and personality of these unique wines. The wines are Vegan-friendly.

Throughout the range, these are remarkable, balanced, age-worthy wines, deserving of Louis’ reputation as one of the great stars of the Rhône.