Saint Cosme Saint Joseph 2020 (Northern Rhone, France) - [WE 94] [VM 93] [WS 93] [JD 91-93]

Saint Cosme Saint Joseph 2020
(Northern Rhone, France) - [WE 94] [VM 93] [WS 93] [JD 91-93]


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About the Winery:

Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1490. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010.

The estate lies in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain. In addition to the estate-grown wines labeled “Château de Saint Cosme,” Louis Barruol buys grapes from contracted growers, labeling these “négociant” wines simply as “Saint Cosme.”


About this Wine:

Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph is produced from 100% Sérine, an ancient and local variety of Syrah that is markedly different from modern selections. It is more oval, with lots of space in the bunch, resulting in a very aromatic wine. It is sourced from the climat Malleval in the northern part of the appellation near Condrieu. The wine is made from 70% destemmed with 30% whole clusters, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged in 20% new 228-liter barrels.

Ratings & Reviews:

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Complex aromatic layers of black plums, blueberries, sanguine, Kalamata olives, prosciutto, lavender, fresh potting soil and a touch of salt. The palate is divine, and provides additional depth with notes of cassis, and violets. Balanced and structured, this wine is enjoyable now and should reveal gorgeous complexities with additional time in cellar." (Dec 2023)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Dark violet color. Potent, mineral-accented black and blue fruit, floral and smoked meat qualities on the nose, along with olive, licorice and tobacco notes that build in the glass. Subtly chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense blackberry, boysenberry, bitter chocolate and black pepper flavors that become sweeter with air. The floral note repeats strongly on the penetrating finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins." - Josh Raynolds (Dec 2022)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This has real substance and energy, with boysenberry and plum puree flavors that are mouthfilling and lush, lined with singed cedar and earth. Finishes very dry, thanks to chalky fine tannins and a cleansing mineral edge. Best from 2024 through 2034. 250 cases imported." - JM (Feb 2023)

91-93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A step up, the 2020 Saint Joseph comes all from the northern part of the Northern Rhône, and it’s medium-bodied and elegant, with good ripeness in its darker berry, violet, flower, and wet granite-like nuances. It’s another balanced, seamless red from Louis, and the 2019 vintage is a beauty for the Northern Rhône." (Jan 2022)