95% Grenache, 5% Syrah. Aged in oak barrels, 30% new. Organic. Barrel sample.
Tasted blind. Fresh fruit – lots of generosity here. Tight fruit on the mid palate and plenty of potential. Chewy fruit dominates but huge power. Big style – needs plenty of time to come together. Very ripe and structured at the same time. So much power here to resolve.
Drink 2025 - 2035
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2020)
About this WINE
Château de Saint Cosme
Château de Saint Cosme is a historic and renowned winery in the Gigondas appellation, near the village of Gigondas, in the Southern Rhône Valley of France. The estate is one of the oldest wineries in the region, with a long and storied history dating back to the 16th century.
The vineyards are planted with various grape varietals, focusing on traditional Rhône grape varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. These grapes thrive in the region’s Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm summers and mild winters, creating the ideal conditions for producing rich and complex wines.
Château de Saint Cosme is renowned for its Gigondas wines, which are highly regarded for their depth, intensity, and age-worthiness. The winery’s commitment to sustainable farming practices and a non-interventionist winemaking approach allows the unique characteristics of the terroir to shine through in their wines.
The estate’s flagship wine, the Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas, is considered one of the finest examples of Gigondas wine and has received critical acclaim from wine enthusiasts and experts alike. They also produce other wines, including Côtes du Rhône, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, and a range of single-varietal wines.
Gigondas has been renowned for the quality of its wines since Roman times, although it was not really until it was classified as a Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1966 that it began to realise its potential. It achieved AC status in 1971 and today produces some of the finest, most underrated and under-priced wines in the Rhône valley; although, for the last two of these at least, probably not for much longer.
Gigondas' 1,200-hectare of rugged vineyards are located east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, beneath the famous mountains of Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas produces sumptuous, plummy reds with a good structure and a sprinkle of pepper. It is similar to (if a touch less slick than) good Châteauneuf-du-Pape which, at its best, it can challenge and even surpass.
Made with a maximum of 80 percent Grenache, combined with at least 15 percent Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, the rest can be made of any of the varieties authorized for Côtes du Rhône – apart from Carignan. The wines can normally be broached after two to three years, while the best repay ageing for 10 years or more. The region also produces dry, Grenache-dominated rosés which are good but can sometimes lack a little vitality.
Southern Rhône Blend
The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.
The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.