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Chateau de Saint-Cosme 2015 and 2016 Pre Arrival Offer, Rhone Valley France

We have sold Louis Barruol's excellent wines since the 1998 vintage, but supply has been limited in the last 3-4 years due to switching agents. So I am delighted to do our first offer in several years, which coincides nicely with the fantastic 2015 vintage, much lauded in both the North and the South. Sadly our allocation of the 'lieux-dits' Gigondas cuvées is really small so the only way to distribute these is via a mixed case. The 2016 Cotes du Rhones both red and white look really attractive too in what is going to be a really attractive, fresher styled vintage. But for now the 2015's are the wines to focus on. Wines due late spring/early summer 2017.

"Unquestionably one of the reference point estates, not only for Gigondas, but for the entire Southern Rhône, Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosmé lies just outside the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those located in Gigondas. He makes a fabulous traditional cuvee that has the ability to age for 10-15 years, as well as four single vineyard releases that are primarily Grenache. These single vineyard releases are year in, year out, some of the most impressive wines from the Rhône valley. The winemaking is a mix of modern and tradition, with the wines never destemmed but aged in barrels. Looking at these latest 2015s, Louis bet me a symbolic dollar that these would surpass his 2007s. I think I might win the bet, but not by much, and I’ll certainly be thrilled to lose. Either way, these are undeniably great wines that readers should buy as much as they can afford." Jeb Dunnuck Robert Parker's Wine Advocate December 2016

Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2016

France

Saint Cosme have made some delicious 100% Syrah Cotes du Rhone's over the years.
In Louis Barruol's own words! -
"After the magnificent 2015, here is the superb 2016. In the Côtes du Rhône appellation, I have never seen two vintages of such a high standard in succession. The 2016 may even prove to be better over time because yields were lower than in 2015. I will repeat as many times as it takes that the Côtes du Rhône are an extraordinary winemaking playground for those who like quality. The region combines old vines, magnificent terroirs, fairly low yields and an outstanding climate. Although I am constantly exploring every
avenue, I am a huge fan of our two favourite wine areas: Vinsobres and the Villafranchian terraces of the Gard department, both of which are sources for this wine. The Syrah really displayed its exceptional credentials in 2016 with top quality fruit, magnificently intense colour and layered texture. Although this
wine is designed for early-drinking, it will be long-lived, which is unusual for the category. This, however, is a consistent feature in the Côtes du Rhône where many terroirs show real pedigree but the collective psyche refuses to grant them the recognition they deserve. It is a huge pleasure for me to allow people,
irrespective of how much money they have to spend, to access a wine of this quality because it is essential that you, our clients, continue to enjoy French wine imbued with charm, identity and finesse.
Blackcurrant, truffle, liquorice and wild raspberry."
Duty paid works out at under £9.50 a bottle!

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Buy now Case Qty: 12 Under Bond Case Price: £72.00 (£6.00 per bottle)

Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016

France

Sadly the last vintage of the regular Cotes du Rhone Blanc, which actually ages really well. It's being upgraded to a white Deux Albion as Louis says in his own words!
"33% Viognier (limestone clay)
33% Marsanne (limestone sand)
33% Picpoul de Pinet (limestone sand)
25% fermented in ‘demi muids’ or 600-litre casks and 75% in small casks. Ageing on the lees.
This is my twentieth, and last, vintage of white Côtes du Rhône. When I look back and see how far I’ve come in two decades, I realise what a good training ground it was for me. In fact, it is not easy to make lovely balanced, fresh white wines in the southern Rhone valley. Working with all these vineyard sites and
different grape varieties has enabled me to develop my own beliefs on the issue. But next year our magnificent plantings on the limestone soils of Saint Martin will start bearing and the white Deux Albions will replace the Côtes du Rhône. This marks the start of a whole new and wonderful adventure. In 2016, we picked our white Côtes du Rhône fairly early to preserve maximum freshness. For the first time, we used demi muids and will be using more of them in the future at Saint Cosme – it’s a format I like very much. The
wine will progress over the months – that’s what happens when you err on the side of restraint in terms of acidity and fine lees. The technique has the added advantage of promoting minerality over fruit.
Apricot, violet, blackcurrant bud and candied liquorice.

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Buy now Case Qty: 12 Under Bond Case Price: £91.00 (£7.58 per bottle)

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 'Les Deux Albion' 2015

France

A long term favourite that always over-delivers for the money and ages really well.
As ever Louis tells the story impeccably!
"Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette co-fermented.
Whole cluster fermentation. Vatting for six weeks.
Clay hillsides (ancient alluvium), limestone marl and pebbles.
Maturation in conical wooden vats and concrete tanks.
When you are a wine grower, the hardest thing is to do things as simply as possible, and make it seem as if you don’t intervene at all. This approach requires experience, the ability to anticipate and an accomplished understanding of the discipline. Les Deux Albions is a kind of ‘think tank’ for co-fermentation of southern varietals. Every year a small amount of grapes is set aside for experiments which, as a rule, take us back to what my father used to do – he himself had already experimented a lot.
When you are a young wine grower, you try and prove your ability to make good wine and that’s how it should be. But it is much more interesting to ‘guide’ the fruit rather than impose oneself on it. This was the tack taken by my
father, and I think he was right. The stellar quality of his wines is there to prove it.
The 2015 Les Deux Albions is an absolute classic – it successfully combines depth and softness, structure and finesse. The Syrah, which at the moment has got the upper hand over the other varieties, hits all the right southern notes
superbly, faintly recalling the legendary 1999. Truly, despite its very reasonable price tag, 2015 Les Deux Albions, could almost be a collectors’ wine. If you don’t believe me, taste it and perhaps decide to keep the other bottles...
Overripe strawberry, gingerbread and honey. Bottled without filtering."

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £53.00 (£8.83 per bottle)

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2015

France

Always a terrific buy- none more so than in 2015, a stellar vintage.
Louis's own notes followed by a review.
"70% Grenache - 14% Syrah – 15% Mourvèdre - 1% Cinsault. Whole cluster fermentation.
Twelve months’ ageing: 15% in new casks - 50% in casks used for 1 to 4 wines - 35% in concrete tanks.
Limestone marl and Miocene sand.
‘You can never have too much of a good thing’ – this proverb sums up the 2015 vintage. It was the kind of year when there were no sub-standard wines, everything was good, even wines from the youngest vines.
Our 2015 Gigondas is reminiscent of the 2010 for its density, depth, mellowness and saline freshness.
Gigondas offers a fairly unusual rendition of Grenache, difficult to compare with what you find in neighbouring areas. Its character can be ascribed to the ubiquituous limestone marl in our appellation. And Saint Cosme is a very unusual rendition of Gigondas because our soils are distinctively Tortonian and
virtually non-existent in other parts of the appellation. This unique soil type at Saint Cosme combines with a cold microclimate with temperature readings matching those at elevations of 400m above sea level, whereas our vineyards sit at an altitude of 240m. This combination of natural factors makes Saint Cosme virtually incomparable and Grenache develops a persona that can be disconcerting such is its pervasive freshness – a dimension rarely associated with this grape.
You have to live here to get a proper sense of this and try and style it. For example, our vines face west and therefore bask in the balmy evening
sunshine; in the morning, they are sheltered by the Dentelles de Montmirail – these natural patterns impart balance and texture to the wines. All of this is even more discernable in great vintages like 2015. Excellence, therefore, does serve an educational purpose.
Strawberry, violet, iodine and liquorice. Bottled without filtering."

"Starting with the 2015 Gigondas Classique from Barruol, this blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and Cinsault will be a wine that readers will want to stockpile. Full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured and layered, with killer notes of crème de cassis, white pepper, spice and garrigue, it’s a classic Gigondas that will drink well for 15+ years." 91-93 pts Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £99.00 (£16.50 per bottle)

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2015

France

Always a terrific buy- none more so than in 2015, a stellar vintage.
Louis's own notes followed by a review.
"70% Grenache - 14% Syrah – 15% Mourvèdre - 1% Cinsault. Whole cluster fermentation.
Twelve months’ ageing: 15% in new casks - 50% in casks used for 1 to 4 wines - 35% in concrete tanks.
Limestone marl and Miocene sand.
‘You can never have too much of a good thing’ – this proverb sums up the 2015 vintage. It was the kind of year when there were no sub-standard wines, everything was good, even wines from the youngest vines.
Our 2015 Gigondas is reminiscent of the 2010 for its density, depth, mellowness and saline freshness.
Gigondas offers a fairly unusual rendition of Grenache, difficult to compare with what you find in neighbouring areas. Its character can be ascribed to the ubiquituous limestone marl in our appellation. And Saint Cosme is a very unusual rendition of Gigondas because our soils are distinctively Tortonian and
virtually non-existent in other parts of the appellation. This unique soil type at Saint Cosme combines with a cold microclimate with temperature readings matching those at elevations of 400m above sea level, whereas our vineyards sit at an altitude of 240m. This combination of natural factors makes Saint Cosme virtually incomparable and Grenache develops a persona that can be disconcerting such is its pervasive freshness – a dimension rarely associated with this grape.
You have to live here to get a proper sense of this and try and style it. For example, our vines face west and therefore bask in the balmy evening
sunshine; in the morning, they are sheltered by the Dentelles de Montmirail – these natural patterns impart balance and texture to the wines. All of this is even more discernable in great vintages like 2015. Excellence, therefore, does serve an educational purpose.
Strawberry, violet, iodine and liquorice. Bottled without filtering."

"Starting with the 2015 Gigondas Classique from Barruol, this blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and Cinsault will be a wine that readers will want to stockpile. Full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured and layered, with killer notes of crème de cassis, white pepper, spice and garrigue, it’s a classic Gigondas that will drink well for 15+ years." 91-93 pts Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Buy now Case Qty: 12 Under Bond Case Price: £190.00 (£15.83 per bottle)

Saint Cosme St Joseph 2015

France

Particularly fine in 2015 and a really good value when compared to the more famous Northern Rhone appellations.
Louis Barruol's excellent notes first!
"100% Serine (an ancient form of Syrah).
70% destemmed crop – 30% whole clusters
Granite sand in the vale of Malleval.
Twelve months’ ageing: 20% in new casks – 40% in casks used for one wine - 40% in casks used for two or three wines.
Saint Joseph is our most consistent wine year after year. When I taste what this terroir was able to produce in a vintage like 2014, I am overcome with a sense of admiration and amazement. Obviously, 2015 offers something well above the norm – extraordinary density, mellowness, substantial length and a kind of reticence that bodes extremely well for future aromatics. The part of wine that is not water or alcohol represents around 3% and mostly comprises organic components. Although mineral elements are in a tiny minority, they are nevertheless the ones that outlive all the others in a wine. When the organic components are teetering on the brink of demise, minerality remains. This is what makes the ageing phase so fascinating. It is also why mature wines cannot cheat with their inherent character, and why the ultimate truth lies with mature wines.
This 2015 Saint Joseph, laden with fruit, youthfulness and organic
components, makes you wonder what the future holds for it. I have no doubt that it will be glorious, but I also think it will change a lot – as always, time holds the answers in all their splendid glory.
Peony, wild blueberry, liquorice and tobacco. Bottled without filtering.

"Another terrific Northern Rhône from Louis is the 2015 Saint Joseph, which comes all from granite terroirs and was aged in barrel. Plums, cassis, black raspberry and graphite characteristics emerge from this rich, full-bodied, impressively concentrated red that has present, yet sweet tannin. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade." 91-93pts Jeb Dunnuck Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £85.00 (£14.17 per bottle)
Buy now Case Qty: 12 Under Bond Case Price: £162.00 (£13.50 per bottle)

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Mixed 6 pack 2015

France

As discussed in the intro, our allocations of the special 'Lieux-dits' Gigondas is tiny. These are amazing wines that have have had incredible press and are being sold for some astronomical amounts ! Here is a chance to try them all. This mixed case is EXTREMELY LIMITED.
Contains
2 bts Gigondas 2015
1 bt Gigondas Valbelle 2015
1 bt Gigondas Hominis Fides 2015
1 bt Gigondas Le Claux 2015
1 bt Gigondas Le Poste 2015
Only available duty paid.

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Case Price: £315.00 (£52.50 per bottle)

Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2015

France

Very Limited Quantities
Louis Barruol's notes.
"100% Serine (an ancient form of Syrah).
Whole cluster fermentation. Schist soils in the Le Plomb, Besset, La Viallière and Neve named vineyards.
Twelve months’ ageing: 40% in new casks – 60% in casks used for one wine
As I have already mentioned before, 2015 is a vintage that ranks amongst the northern Rhone valley’s greatest. It reminds me of the 2009 and in some ways, the 2003. Côte Rôtie likes hot, dry summers which magnify the intensity of sense of place. Obviously, the vintage will require a certain amount of patience.
The wines are a little muted at the moment because their huge potential cannot be expressed right off the bat.
This is true of many other disclipines. Usually, Saint Cosme’s Côte Rôtie starts drinking well after five years and then matures impeccably for a good twenty years or so. The 2015 will probably require ten years’ patience or so. In 2015, the various named vineyard sites we farm expressed their individual identities in a very distinctive way – such is the privilege of superlative vintages. On the palate it reveals a fresh attack followed by an ample, structured, long-lasting mouthfeel. The wine unfurls in successive stages and ends with top-quality tannins produced by whole cluster fermentation in a year reaching the peak of ripeness. Of course, this intimates that all this will combine to produce an explosive delivery over the next few years.
In the meantime, you can uncork 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 Côte Rôtie.
Smoked ham, violet, graphite, cold ash and liquorice. Bottled without filtering.

"(50% new oak): Glass-staining ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed red and dark berry scents are complicated by suggestions of star anise, violet and cola. Sweet, seamless and penetrating in the mouth, offering intense boysenberry and black raspberry flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Rich yet lithe, with strong closing thrust and silky, even tannins lending framework and gentle grip." 92-94 Josh Raynolds Vinous

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £172.00 (£28.67 per bottle)

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