Saint Cosme – located north to the village of Gigondas – is the most ancient estate in the region. Lying on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa which very probably already had its own vineyard, the estate’s existence in 1416 is attested by a document mentioning the granting by Jean de Chalon, Price of Orange, of “land for the planting of vines on the Saint Cosme slopes.”
Saint Cosme is exceptionally located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare. This gives them an extraordinary diversity of soils. Their microclimate is cool and late ripening. The Gigondas of Saint Cosme have the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time.
Saint Cosme have 15 ha of old vines (average 60 years old) with a yield of around 27Hos/Ha. They produce only Gigondas wines from their vineyards which encircle the Chateau. It was with the “savoir-faire” of a vigneron they created in 1997 a negociant activity that one could call a “Negociant-Vigneron”. Their 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 their wines in casks to avoid to rack them and kill their fruit.
Aged for 15 months in new oak (50%) and one-year old barrels (50%)
Some terroirs of the northern part of the Côte Rôtie are extraordinary. Les Grandes Places, Cote-Rozier, La Viaillère are for example part of the terroirs they like most. The Côte Rôtie is one of the wines Saint Cosme prefer because for them it feels like it is part of the family.. Because they loved it from the beginning. Nothing is worse than a bad vintage in the Côte-Rôtie but nothing can match a great vintage in the Côte-Rôtie.
This is a vintage to follow carefully.
Bottled without filtration.