Wine Advocate 92 points - It has taken a while, but one of my favorite producers in the southern Rhone, Louis Barruol of Saint-Cosme, is getting very good publicity just about everywhere I look. It is certainly well-deserved, considering the broad range of wines he produces, from his inexpensive and over-delivering Cotes du Rhones and Vins de Pays, to his top-flight, world-class wines made in Gigondas. This is all a matter of hard work and understanding viticulture and great terroirs. As for the estate wines from Gigondas, 2009 was a more challenging vintage for Louis Barruol than many people probably understand, because he had some serious hail issues that cut into his Grenache crop. His best vintage to date is 2007, but 2010 is going to come close, and he has certainly excelled in a much more difficult vintage for him personally, 2009. The 2010s are probably Barruol’s greatest vintage since 2007, yet slightly more tannic and backward at a similar stage in their development than the 2007s were. All of the following wines are 100% Grenache, with the exception of the first two. (Oct 2011)
Wine Spectator 95 points - This is a powerhouse, with roasted bay, sage and tobacco leaf notes running through the layers of dark plum, blackberry compote and roasted fig fruit. The long, almost unbridled finish flaunts muscle, coated with ganache, while a note of hot stone lurks in the background throughout. Best from 2013 through 2030.J.M. (Sep 12 2012)
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"This is a powerhouse, with roasted bay, sage and tobacco leaf notes running through the layers of dark plum, blackberry compote and roasted fig fruit. The long, almost unbridled finish flaunts muscle, coated with ganache, while a note of hot stone lurks in the background throughout. Best from 2013 through 2030."
95 Points - Wine Spectator
Wine maker notes
50% Grenache – 30% Mourvèdre – 10% Syrah – 8% Cinsault – 2% Clairette
Origins: La Crau – Valori. Full clusters
Aged for 24 months in 2 to 4 years old barrels.
I am always surprised to see how Gigondas and Chateauneuf wines are dissimilar. Then real questions can be asked about the cépages: is it a major element of winemaking or not?... My Chateauneuf 2009 is a sort of 2007 with less exuberance, less outspoken.. Cofermentation is very important in my Chateauneuf winemaking. Cinsaut and Mourvèdre are key points to build a balanced and firm Chateauneuf. On this terroir, the most traditional methods work at their best. For example a long ageing is an obligation in Chateauneuf: this is a time of «revelation», an incompressible time of «resolution». 2009 is a vintage of powerful and meaty wines. It was necesary more than ever to work with full
clusters, have nice and well-ripe mourvèdre, age without any racking to preserve the heart of the fruit. There will be magnums of Chateauneuf 2009, for those who like
Bottled without filtration
Christmas cake, gingerbread, fennel, garrigue, rosemary.
In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how our ancesters the gallo-romans were living. The property has been in our family since 1490 and we have been vignerons for 14 generations.
We have 15 has of old vines (average 60 years old) with a yield of around 27Hos/Ha. The terroir is apparently homogeneous but it’s actually geologically very diverse as the Dentelles de Montmirail makes it very complicated. Saint Cosme is exceptionally located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare. This gives us an
extraordinary diversity of soils. Our microclimate is cool and late ripening. Our Gigondas have the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time. The Saint Cosme’s Chapel, located in the heart of our vineyard is a pure example of roman art. It was built at the XI and XII century. Purity, balance and beauty: the Chapel is a witness of the medieval times and it gives an intense and special atmosphere to our vineyard. Everyone should take five minutes to climb the little hill and visit it.
Our dedication to Saint Cosme is total. We want to express at their best the extraordinary potential of the terroirs combinated with the old vines. The ancient know-how, the organic viticulture and the understanding of the terroirs are part of our strong ideas.
It was with the "savoir-faire" of a vigneron we created in 1997 a negociant activity that one could call a "Negociant-Vigneron". During my various travels and tastings in the Rhône Valley, I often thought that many great terroirs were under-exploited. I really liked some locations and I wanted to try. My wish was to become a negociant which would work with the spirit of a vigneron using ancient methods. This was meaning: being and remaining a small producer, be followed by winemakers having the same ambition, transport my wines in casks to avoid to rack them and kill their fruit, trying to do only nice things every day.
At Saint Cosme we usually work "à la main”. I want to make wines which express their terroir with purity and personality. I want to make balanced wines with a great ability to age.
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