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.
Syrah. Destemmed harvest.
Limestony sands, red clay, rolling stones. Aged in vat. Two sources compose this wine for many years now: I am impressed by the way they are consistant in quality whatever the vintage is. Vinsobres brings the freshness, the complexity, the strenght and the relief.
The “villafranchiennes terraces” from the Gard area (huge terraces of rolling stones) generate the colour, the power, the generosity of a southern syrah. These two go so well together, are so complementary, that I will not change this recipe. What I look for in this wine is a bright fruit followed by a well-structured mouth with a good texture.
I am not necessarily searching for ageing potential, but apparently, this bottle does age.. The syrah from the southern rhone does not have the finesse of a good northern rhone syrah, but it has a fresh fruit full of charm..
Redcurrant, blackcurrant, liquorish, violet.
( Louis Barruol, Owner )
Château de Saint Cosme – www.saintcosme.com