Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage 2018

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Tasting Notes
From the Producer: Smoked bacon, blackberry, white pepper, incense.
Château Saint Cosme, located in the Northern Rhône village of Gigondas, is the most ancient estate in the region, grapes having been planted there since 1416.  Louis Barruol’s ancestors acquired it in 1570.  Louis took over in 1992 and began negociant activities in 1997.  His estate fruit is exclusively used for his Gigondas wines, and he sources fruit for his other wines, working closely with the growers throughout the season. His negociant wines are simply labeled Saint Cosme.
Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation in Northern Rhône. It produces primarily red wines, with Syrah the only red grape permitted. The rules allow the addition of up to 15% white grapes, Marsanne and Roussanne. These two grape varieties are also used to make up the white wines that are made in the appellation.  Crozes-Hermitage has a continental climate that differs from its southern neighbor, which has a more Mediterranean climate.  Winters are wet and marked by the cold Mistral winds that can last into the spring. 
The vines grew on granitic slopes from Erôme, Gervans and Larnage  making this Crozes-Hermitage “one of its kind” as often the wines from this appellation are made by blending grapes planted in different soils. After harvest, the grapes were destemmed and fermented for two weeks. The wine was then aged for 12 months, 20% in new casks – 40% in casks used for one wine - 40% in casks used for two wines. Bottled without filtration. 


Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Mushrooms, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game

France, Northern Rhone , Crozes-Hermitage
Grape Varietal:
100% Syrah/Shiraz
$39.00 each