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Saint Cosme 2016 and 2017 pre shipment offer

We are delighted to be offering these wines 'en primeur' again. After the stunning 2015' s another maybe even better vintage with the glorious 2016's and a couple of delicious 2017's too. As ever I have included owner and winemaker Louis Barruol's copious notes which say way more than I ever could ! Sadly our allocation on the top wines is in bottles not cases, so are only able to offer these as part of a very limited mixed case. The wines are still offering excellent value. All wines offered by the case of 6x75cl under bond.

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 'Les Deux Albion' 2016


Chateau de Saint Cosme – ‘Les Deux Albion’ – 2016 red Côtes du Rhône
Co-fermented Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette.
Whole cluster fermentation. Vatting for six weeks.
Clay hillsides (ancient alluvium), limestone marl and pebbles.
Ageing in wooden tanks (truncated cone shape) and concrete tanks.
Les Deux Albion is a co-fermentation of grape varieties and vineyard sites, in other words, the antithesis of the concept of named vineyard. When my father explained the advantages, from a winemaking and quality perspective, of co-fermentation, everything seemed simple and clear. It is the prerogative of all good teachers to give their students the sweet impression that acquiring knowledge is simple. Obviously, this kind of context allows you to progress faster because with effort comes pleasure. My father was for me my
finest master; in fact, he was my only master and learning my profession from him was a long and beautiful journey of initiation. Under the Ancien Régime in an era of corporations, sons learnt their trades from their fathers, whether they were craftsmen, musicians or farmers for example. They signed up to a lengthy
apprenticeship which offered several advantages: they could explore every aspect of the job, acquire in-depth knowledge and immerse themselves in the culture of their profession through actual first-hand experience. When a father felt that his son was ready, when he felt he had learnt everything there was to
learn, he would gradually let him stand on his own two feet. And the pupil could perhaps even become the master in turn, by drawing on his experience to use his talent to greater effect.
Strawberry, gingerbread and violet.
Bottled unfiltered." Louis Barruol

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Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2016


"Looking first at the base 2016 Gigondas, it’s certainly going to be another outstanding wine from Barruol. Based on 70% Grenache and the rest close to an even split of Syrah and Mourvèdre, it offers classic St Cosme notes of dark fruits, tapenade, pepper and smoked earth.
It has plenty of tannin and will need 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade or more." Jeb Dunnuck

"Château de Saint Cosme – 2016 red Gigondas
70% Grenache - 14% Syrah – 15% Mourvèdre - 1% Cinsault. Whole cluster fermentation.
Twelve months’ ageing: 20% in new casks - 50% in casks used for one to four wines - 30% concrete tanks.
Limestone marl and Miocene sand soils.
After the superb 2015, we now have the magnificent 2016. Having two great vintages in a row is virtually unheard-of. Our Gigondas epitomises my father’s approach to winemaking. He had a very precise idea of ripeness. The nearer we got to harvesting, the more he would analyse and taste the fruit, constantly
walking up and down the rows of vines to make sure he harvested at the ideal time. Understanding ripeness and vintage effect is the very first thing he taught me, when I was still a child. Because that’s exactly what children love! Tasting grapes, walking through the vineyards and observing then pressing the
sample of grapes and looking at the outcome in the lens of the refractometer – the incredible tool we acquired in 1981. Involving his children in the fun parts of wine growing is a good way for a father to get them ‘hooked’…
Co-fermenting grape varieties, which is what we do with our Gigondas, is something my father always did. He hated fermenting grape varieties separately, which is why at Saint Cosme, the early-ripening cultivars are planted in the late-ripening sites and the late-ripening varieties in the early-ripening sites. In this way, they all ripen at the same time and can therefore be co-fermented.
The 2016 was his final vintage and it is a stellar vintage. Grape harvesting was a time of the year he adored – the magical smell of fermenting grapes, balmy days, interesting discussions, the bustle of the estate and the golden hues of sunset. Strawberry, violet, liquorice and pepper.
Bottled unfiltered." Louis Barruol

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £101.00 (£16.83 per bottle)

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Mixed 6 pack 2016


Due to our tiny allocations of the single vineyard wines we are only offering them as a mixed 6 pack, and we only have 6 of these!
2 bottle each Gigondas, Gigondas 'Hominis Fides'
1 bottle each Gigondas 'Le Claux' and Gigonas 'Le Poste'

Tasting notes from Jeb Dunnuck

"2016 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 98-100
Leading off the special cuvees and from the sandiest parcel of the estate, the 2016 Gigondas Hominis Fides (100% Grenache) has perfection written all over it! Just as fine, elegant and seamless as it gets, yet also with blockbuster depth and richness, it boasts incredible notes of black raspberries, loamy/sandy soils nuances, game, and camphor. Don’t miss it!

2016 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Claux 99-100
The 2016 Gigondas Le Claux has slightly more mid-palate depth compared to the HominisFides, yet is also more tannic and structure. Damp clay, forest floor, currants spice and huge minerality all soar from the glass and this full-bodied beauty has an unctuous texture that’s currently hiding serious amounts of tannin. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 15+.

2016 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Poste 97-99
Coming from Barruol’s favorite vineyard located on just up the hill from the domaine, the 2016 Gigondas Le Poste is another huge wine, and probably the richness, ripest example of this cuvee I’ve tasted. Possessing almost overflowing amounts of blackberry fruits, graphite, spring flowers and huge minerality, it offers awesome purity, full-bodied richness, and a great, great
finish. I can’t wait to taste this from bottle."

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £275.00 (£45.83 per bottle)

Domaine de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion IGP Vaucluse Principauté d'Orange Blanc 2017


The Cotes du Rhone Blanc's last vintage was 2016, and this has replaced it. It's 100% estate fruit.
In Louis Barruol's own inimitable style, here are his thoughts.
"Domaine de Saint Cosme – Les Deux Albions – 2017 I.G.P. White Principauté d’Orange
Limestone in a cool micro-climate.
40% Viognier – 30% Marsanne – 30% Piquepoul
Organically certified vines
Whole-cluster, direct-to-press with slow pressing and no crushing
Fermentation and ageing: 20% in demi-muids and second-use casks – 50% in third and fourth-use oak casks – 40% in tanks.
The Saint Martin named vineyard in Violès is located right on the boundary with the Gigondas appellation, across the river Ouvèze which marks the border between the two villages. This proximity is of paramount importance.
Firstly, the two villages share historical bonds: Gigondas and Violès have always been part of the Principality of Orange, annexed to France during the French Revolution. The principality has had a deep-rooted influence on our agricultural practices, our culture and our mindset. Hence our strong
attachment to the “Principauté d’Orange” appellation which is freighted with significance. Before the French Revolution, a royal prerogative allowed Saint Martin and Saint André to produce white wines from Muscat. I find it quite extraordinary that just a few metres away from Gigondas, now so famous for its top-flight Grenache noir wines, Saint Martin can lay a claim to recognition dating back much further, but for white wines. History always influences agricultural practice. I love this setting bordered by woodland and the river.
I have often found it inspirational. I found it incomprehensible that it should be abandoned by wine growers after being a prized location for white wines for so long. When the opportunity arose to buy 14 unbroken hectares, I did not think twice. Being able to shape a new vineyard, exactly the way I imagined it, was an exhilarating challenge. We have kept the four hectares of woodland and planted ten hectares of white varietals using field selections, planting vines in stages from 2014 until now.
The soils at Saint Martin are unique in our region: they are limestone that was swept along by the Ouvèze river 30,000 years ago. Limestone is typically ubiquitous in the soils of Gigondas, but those of Saint Martin have twice as much. In fact, such is the limestone content here that vine growing is very close to its limit.
But limestone is also the finest guarantee for growing white wine imbued with finesse, drive and elegance.
It was therefore important to introduce a superlative quality plant heritage into the vineyard and roll out my ideas. So I planted field selections of Viognier vines from Condrieu – the canes were taken from Condrieu’s
oldest vines growing in the extraordinary named vineyard of ‘Volan’. In the southern Rhone Valley, it is essential to pair Viognier with a grape variety that adds freshness. Among the many varietals available, my favourite has always been Piquepoul blanc – it is a solid, fresh, aromatic grape variety with a razor-sharp texture. It has the ability to provide “an effective backbone, without drawing attention to itself”. I also
produced a field selection of Marsanne on old vines on Hermitage hill. The three grape varieties areblended to produce 2017 Deux Albions.
The 2017 vintage reveals the freshness, aromatic finesse and salinity that are so typical of limestone soils.
The team at the estate has worked hard on the soils and the vines over the past few years to give voice to this beautiful terroir. The outcome is beautiful and I am delighted to be able to share it with you today.
Dried apricot, marshmallow, heirloom rose and mint."

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Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2016


"Saint Cosme – 2016 Côte-Rôtie
100% Serine (ancient variety of Syrah).
Whole cluster fermentation. Schist in the Le Plomb, Besset, la Viaillère and Neve named vineyards.
Twelve months’ ageing: 40% in new casks – 60% in casks used for one wine.
When I began our small artisanal merchant business in 1997, after a long day’s tasting in the northern Rhone, one evening I brought my father back some samples of Côte Rôtie. The wines came from the beautiful schist soils of Rozier and Les Grandes Places. This was a time when wine growers from different regions rarely engaged with one another, and he had never tasted Côte Rôtie. But he had the openmindness of an artist and loved the wines – maybe because their freshness and violet aromas reminded him slightly of Saint Cosme’s Gigondas wines? I believe so.
This 2016 Côte Rôtie is magnificently classical in style. A top Côte Rôtie should never be overripe or underripe – just like in Burgundy, it is
primarily all about balance and restraint. In extreme cases, terroir effect can easily be disfigured or even disappear.
The wheatear featured on our label comes from an 18th century Provencal book on ornithology that my father gave me. He was extremely passionate about birds and believed that their ubiquity in the tiny valley of Saint Cosme was crucial both for biodiversity and organic wine growing. Ever the pioneer, he was already championing these ideas back in the 1970s. Farming cannot disregard nature that is all around us,
and even less damage it.
Cured ham, violet, graphite, cold ash and liquorice. Bottled unfiltered."
Louis Barruol

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Saint Cosmé Cotes du Rhone 2017


"Saint Cosme – 2017 red Côtes du Rhône
Syrah. Partially destemmed fruit.
Limestone sand, red clay and pebbles on Villafranchian terraces.
Tank ageing.
The starting point for making wine is work and discipline. It begins with the high standards you impose upon yourself. When I create my Côtes du Rhône, my first thoughts are for you, my customers. At every stage, I wonder what you would like to taste, what you might enjoy. I imagine my bottle of wine on your table and I want to be proud of what I give you to enjoy. No detail can be taken lightly and you have to say to yourself that every tiny decision and every gesture will go towards shaping the final result. Every wine must be made as if it was designed to be the best. As far as I am aware, when you bring up your children, you do your utmost for each and every one of them, irrespective of intellect or beauty. I will always ensure that our Côtes du Rhône is a fine ambassador for our estate.
In 2017, low yields produced wines with lots of intensity. Their vibrant fruit adds ‘crunchiness’ and salinity. As always, the bouquet is guided by the Syrah
and the clay soils. Tannins are there but they are nicely rounded. Even if it is designed for early-drinking, I like to drink my Côtes du Rhône after a few years’ bottle age which is when it displays the resourcefulness you would expect of a true age-worthy wine.
Blueberry, truffle, fennel and wild raspberry." Louis Barruol

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Saint Cosme St Joseph 2016


"Saint Cosme – 2016 Saint Joseph
100% Serine (ancient variety of Syrah).
70% Destemmed fruit – 30% Whole cluster fermentation.
Granite sand from Malleval vale.
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 probably the one Rhone Valley appellation that deserves much more recognition. Firstly because it can produce top-flight wines, but also because every one of its terroirs is wonderful. It is a great irony that the ‘longest’ appellation (all 50km of it!) in the Rhone Valley is also one of the most demarcated. Only the steepest hillsides with ancient soils of decomposed granite are included in the appellation area.
Our 2016 Saint Joseph encapsulates the ‘tension’ imparted by these soils, where the roots have to struggle to allow the vines to live. The resultant wines show an intensity and vibrancy that recall their origins. In 2016, Saint Joseph’s tell-tale freshness is evident and supports a complex, long-lasting whole. You may have wondered about the meaning of the wind rose on our Saint Joseph label. It is an engraving by Jean Barruol, my historian grandfather. My father and I chose it for the Saint Joseph label because it symbolises
the notion of freedom. Freedom, though, implies a certain amount of control over events and also, some determination. It is so important, vital even – it opens up new horizons but is not a licence to do anything and everything because essentially, it is all about sharing.
Peony, wild blueberry, liquorice and tobacco." Louis Barruol.
Bottles unfiltered.

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