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CHÂTEAU DE SAINT COSME

LVT 2019 r 2019 wh These are exuberant, stimulating, long-lived wines, lots of oak, also a very good merchant range mostly involving the northern Rhône under the Saint Cosme title, with some excellent wines a ****(*) 2015 Côte-Rôtie Le Traquet (pre-bottling), for example. There are very neat Côtes du Rhône reds and whites.

The Gigondas range gives wines of genuine stature, that benefit from considerable cellar ageing. They are whole bunch fermented, with low levels of intervention. The entry Gigondas Tradition/Classique has been boosted by the inclusion of fruit that previously went into the Valbelle cuvée, whose last vintage was the 2015, so there is Grenache from the 1950s and older in that wine now. The 2019 of it was a ****(*) STGT wine, for example.

The Gigondas Le Poste, 1963 Grenache, comes from limestone-marl soils beside the little Saint Cosme chapel; the 2019 was a complex, vivid ***** wine of character. The Gigondas Hominis Fides red, 1902 Grenache, from sandy soils is always sturdy, substantial wine, with some new oak in its raising, requiring a long time before it really displays itself well. The estate wines are biodynamic.

Louis Barruol 126 route des Florêts 84190 Gigondas

Tel: +33(0)490 65 80 80

http://www.saintcosme.com

barruol@chateau-st-cosme.com

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Japan

Percentage Exported: 85%

British Importers: Bibendum Wine Ltd 113 Regent's Park Road London NW1 8UR +44(0)207 449 4110/+44(0)207 722 5577 www.bibendum-wine.co.uk sales@bibendum-wine.co.uk The Wine Society Stevenage +441438 740222 www.thewinesociety.com

USA Importers: Winebow Group 4800 Cox Rd suite 300 Glen Allen VA 23060 +1804 752 3670 Vintage`59 Imports, V59, Roy Cloud, 2800 Jenifer Street, NW, Washington DC 20015, +1202 966 9218 www.vintage59.com info@vintage59.com