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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2011
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2011
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PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

30% Roussanne (gravels and red clay)
20% Viognier (limestone)
20% Marsanne (limestony sands)
30% Picpoul de Pinet (limestony sands)

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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.