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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2008
Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2008
(search item no. 105180)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Serine (ancient Syrah) planted on schist terroir. Aged 15 months in new oak barrels and bottled without filtration. "Côte Rôtie is often a good subject: its inimitable personality makes people talk! This terroir is the most extraordinary one in the northern Rhone, I'm convinced about this. We keep going with our work on the Ampuis terroirs and 2008 brought this great freshness we always look for. The wine is balanced and has the entire aromatic spectrum going from the empyreumatic smells ending up in the ancient roses. I know exactly when to open a bottle of Côte-Rôtie: it has to be shared with the right person at the right time. It's always a time of joy which gives some meaning to life. This bottle of 2008 is very classical, it's not heavy, it's straightforward, it gets precision, it's open, aromatic and tender. The way 2004 tastes at the moment makes me think that some vintages deserve to get a fundamental right: be judged only after a couple of years, when they get their proper expression. Bacon, cold ash, graphite, coal, violet, rose."
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About Domaine de Saint Cosme:

Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau 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 chateau'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.