93 Rating The Wine Advocate
Even better than I remember it from cask, the 2016 Gigondas features hints of mocha and ripe raspberries.
Slightly bitter herbal notes balance the sweetness of the fruit and impart a savory edge to this full-bodied,
creamy-textured wine. It finishes supple and long, loaded with character and richness.” -Joe Czerwinski
70% Grenache – 14% Syrah – 15% Mourvèdre – 1% Cinsault. Whole cluster fermentation.
Twelve months’ ageing: 20% in new casks – 50% used -30% cement tanks
Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhone Valley. The estate lies just to the east of the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those in Gigondas. He makes a classic Gigondas as well as four single vine releases from single vineyards located around the estate. The wines are not destemmed and aged mostly in older barrels, with a small portion in new barrels.