Saint Cosme Saint Joseph (750ml)
Saint Cosme – located north of the village of Gigondas – is the most ancient estate in the region with evidence of a 1416 Gallo-Roman villa on the site! The diversity of soils and cool micro-climates encourages slow, balanced and late ripening of grapes. The dedication at Saint Cosme is total; they want to best express the extraordinary potential of the terroir. Years of experience, old vines and organic viticulture are also key contributing factors to the high quality of these wines and their elegant house style.
This Northern Rhone Rhone red is made from 100% Serine, a ancient clone of Syrah. The wine ages for 12 months in 20% new casks and 40% one year old and 40% two year old casks. Redcurrant, wild raspberry, liquorice and tobacco box characterise this wine. Bottled without filtering.
This particular source of Saint Joseph constantly intrigues me and gives me so much joy that it would be impossible for me to work with any other source. In any case, it would be difficult to find a better one. Amongst the rolling hills of Malleval, Saint Joseph vineyards lie alongside parcels of Condrieu. Classification of the two appellations led to a tangled, yet organized web of vineyards. To define which plots were the coldest, my geologist friend Georges Truc, who took part in the re-demarcation of the Saint Joseph appellation area, listed plots where snow took the longest to melt after a period of snowfall. When he told me this, I suddenly remembered that intelligence and creativity are at the heart of our job. Our 2014 Saint Joseph is a real ‘star’ of the vintage: its nose of redcurrant, small crisp wild raspberry, candied
liquorice and Oriental spices lead into a full, fruity palate where depth is created by mouth-filling freshness from start to finish. When I taste it, I can’t help but think about the granite and slate soils. You can savour this wine all year round, even in the summer. Enjoy! – Louis Barruol