Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2017

Tasting Notes

From the Producer: Strawberry, violet, liquorice and pepper.

"After the superb 2015, we now have the magnificent 2016. Having two great vintages in a row is virtually unheard-of. Our Gigondas epitomises my father’s approach to winemaking. He had a very precise idea of ripeness. The nearer we got to harvesting, the more he would analyse and taste the fruit, constantly walking up and down the rows of vines to make sure he harvested at the ideal time. Understanding ripeness and vintage effect is the very first thing he taught me, when I was still a child. Because that’s exactly what children love! Tasting grapes, walking through the vineyards and observing then pressing the sample of grapes and looking at the outcome in the lens of the refractometer – the incredible tool we acquired in 1981. Involving his children in the fun parts of wine growing is a good way for a father to get them ‘hooked’… Co-fermenting grape varieties, which is what we do with our Gigondas, is something my father always did. He hated fermenting grape varieties separately, which is why at Saint Cosme, the early-ripening cultivars are planted in the late-ripening sites and the late-ripening varieties in the early-ripening sites. In this way, they all ripen at the same time and can therefore be co-fermented. The 2016 was his final vintage and it is a stellar vintage. Grape harvesting was a time of the year he adored – the magical smell of fermenting grapes, balmy days, interesting discussions, the bustle of the estate and the golden hues of sunset."

Château de Saint Cosme sits on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa and has been in existence since 1416. Winemaker Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1993 and began a negociant arm of the business in 1997.  The property has been in the family since 1490 with 14 generations of vignerons tending the historic site. 

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wild Game

France, Rhone , Gigondas
Grape Varietal:
70% Grenache/Garnacha, 15% Cinsault, 14% Syrah/Shiraz
$60.00 each
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