Chateau de Saint Cosme, Valbelle, Gigondas, 2001
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Single bottle of Red wine Chateau de Saint Cosme, Valbelle, Gigondas, 2001 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah

Chateau de Saint Cosme
Valbelle
Gigondas
2001

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The producer

Having produced wine, and been in the hands of the Barroul family, since the 15th century, the modern history of Chateau de Saint Cosme doesn’t start until 1992, when Louis Barruol takes control and they start bottling their own wine.

The estate – today with 15 hectares of very old vineyards all surrounding the chateau – produces wines that have transformed the appellation. Saint Cosme makes four single vineyard wines in Gigondas – Valbelle, Le Claux, Hominis Fides and Le Poste - all reflecting different parts and soils on the estate and offering an extraordinary reflection on the complexity and beauty of the best of Gigondas. Valbelle and Hominis Fidis fruit is grown in sand and limestone soils whereas Le Claux is from centenarian vines in gravel and clay soil, and Le Poste from 50-year-old vines in limestone and marl soil.

Chateau de Saint-Cosme also runs a negociant business, making wine from other parts of the Rhone Valley, from purchased fruit. These are labelled “Saint Cosme” or “Domaine Saint-Cosme”.

The wine

One of Saint Cosme’s single vineyard wines, Valbelle was the first of those wines, first produced in 1993. Valbelle is made from 90% very old Grenache plantings from sand and limestone soils, complemented by 10% Syrah. The fruit is co-fermented and following aged for 12 months in casks, 20% of which are usually new. Layers of raspberry concentration with complex all spice, pepper and cured meat notes, the palate is generous and full with firm structure.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2001
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhone
Sub region: Gigondas
Grape: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Style: Rich and Intense
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14.5%
Drinking window: 2005 - 2027
Size: 750ml
Food match: Lamb


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