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St Cosme - Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Southern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Louis Barruol
  • Grape: Rhone Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 30% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, 20% Marsanne, 30% Picpoul de Pinet
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2012) VS: 89 (2012) WS: 90 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Louis Barruol notes - "Fermented in small casks and aged on the lees. Frankly, the vinification of the Cotes du Rhone white 2011 has been a race. A race against the heat at the end of august. A race against over-ripening, a difficult race to get the holy grail: the freshness.. In this difficult quest, the Picpoul saved us. We will never say enough how wonderful is this magnificent forgotten grape, so well adapted to the southern climate. It is aromatic, it is fresh, it is sharp without being agressive, it has purity and limpidity. The most important: it does lift the other grapes, keeping the secrecy of the civilised being. Our grand-fathers have planted many "acidic grapes" such as picpoul, bourboulenc, colombard, ugni blanc...etc... I think the best is the picpoul! I am happy with the Cotes du Rhone blanc 2011. Think about it when you'll taste it: try to find this taste of picpoul which is a far cousin of the famous sauvignon. Fermentation in old barrels and ageing on the lies Peach, apricot, gooseberry, grapefruit.

Winery Information

St Cosme

Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Ch. was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the Ch.'s caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range. Louis is an.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)89 pts

Wine Advocate #210 Dec 2013 - Jeb Dunnock - We finished the tasting with the whites. The 2012 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a fresh, lively and honeyed blend of Picpoul, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Loaded with stone fruits, ripe peach and honey blossom, this medium-bodied, delicious effort is perfect for drinking over the coming year or two.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)89 pts

June '14 by Josh Raynolds - Green-tinged yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus fruits, quince and white flowers, with a deeper peach pit nuance coming up with aeration. Juicy, incisive and nicely concentrated for the category, offering lively orchard and pit fruit flavors with a hint of bitter lemon pith. Closes with good nervy cut and spicy persistence, the lemony note repeating.

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

A broad, ripe style, with apricot, nectarine and tangerine flavors, liberally lined with toasted almond and warmed brioche notes. The ample underlying zip keeps this honest, revealing a lingering hint of salted butter.