Friday, August 10, 2018

90 TO 94 RATED SPANISH BEAUTY CAB/GARNACHA MERITAGE UNDER 13, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG?

HAPPY FRIDAY!
Thank you very much for your business, you might also want a case of 2015  ANGEL DE LARRAINZAR from Navarra, a gorgeous guzzler and INCREDIBLE BARGAIN from Spain, gold medal winners, 90/100 to 94/100 and only $12.95, will be advertised NEXT WEEK, 50% cab 50% garnacha, another SPANISH steal! $12.95/BTL....WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
 
"a tasty, full bodied wine that gives great pleasure"
 
OLE!
OLIVER and MONICA RESSEL/
GRAPE WINE COMPANY 210-828-2222
 
Enjoy your weekend and pray for rain.
 
PS: The rich tasty Spanish fare in the pic below and above IS THE PREFECT COMPANION TO THIS GORGEOUS RICH TASTY RED! Forget the light salads for this BIG BOY and LET IT BREATHE A GOOD 30-40 MINUTES IN THE GLASS..Perfecto!
  
 
OPR
210-828-2222

Friday, August 3, 2018

New world CHAMPION and old world CHAMPION:93/100 DUCKHORN Napa Sauvignon blanc on DEAL for the heat and 96/100 top shelf red Bordeaux from Graves Chateau de France, YES 96 POINTS!.

 
Happy Friday!
 
 New world CHAMPION and old world CHAMPION:93/100 DUCKHORN Napa Sauvignon blanc on DEAL for the heat and 96/100 top shelf red Bordeaux from Graves Chateau de France, YES 96 POINTS!.

 
WINE #1 FROM THE NEW WORLD:
 
Flagship 2017 DUCKHORN SAUVIGNON BLANC-Napa-ON DEAL, $25.95, NORMALLY $31-33, 90/100 WS and 93/100 WW
 
Perfect classic-DAN AND MARGARET DUCKHORN pioneered the CONCEPT OF HIGH END NAPA SAUVIGNON BLANC back in 1982 when nobody made S Blanc in Napa nor Cali. for that matter. This IS the perfect super high end Napa white that manages-YEAR after YEAR- to COMBINE POWER and FINESSE! 
 
Read on, then drink it and BEAT THE HEAT:
 
 
 

Winemaker Notes

Enticing aromas of grapefruit, melon, and lime leap from the glass, followed by tropical notes of lychee, pineapple, and passionfruit. On the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc is juicy and bright, with silky layers of fruit balanced by lovely natural acidity and a vibrant streak of minerality. Hints of zesty citrus and subtle baking spices linger throughout a long, focused finish.

Blend: 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon

Critical Acclaim

WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc—first produced in 1982—has a long-standing history of being the standard by which all others are judged against. This wine has been remarkable and consistent. The recently released 2017 is another excellent effort. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bright and juicy with dried citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Its layered palate and long finish should wrap nicely around a lemon-accented and herb dusted roast chicken and make a tremendously good pairing. (Tasted: May 1, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
 
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Elegant peach, melon and citrus flavors are juicy and plump, with a pretty floral vein and a sleek, crisp frame. A note of lemon verbena lingers.
 
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent almost forty years establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Napa Valley wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978 to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today. 
 
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WINE # 2 FROM THE OLD WORLD:
 
2014 Chateau de France -Grand Vin de Graves-RED BORDEAUX-, 96/100 Wine Enthusiast, 10 cases available. $35.95/btl
Made next to CH. HAUT-BRION in Graves!
 
Amazing buy, look at the quality/rating/pedigree/price ratio! A 96 POINTER TOP SHELF RED BORDEAUX UNDER $36!!! Unheard of!!!
 

Critical Acclaim

WE96
Wine Enthusiast
This dark and brooding wine is packed with dense tannins and a black plum-skin flavor that's hovering behind the density. The wine has power and fine concentration, yielding a complex, solid wine with aging ability. Drink 2019-2032+ 

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 59% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
This dark and brooding wine is packed with dense tannins and a black plum-skin flavor that's hovering behind the density. The wine has power and fine concentration, yielding a complex, solid wine with aging ability. Barrel Sample: 94-96
 
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2014 Château de France gets the prize for being one of the best values of the vintage. The wine shows lively and persistent red fruit flavors. Bright and sassy on the palate, it shows excellent freshness in the finish. Serve now with lightly-seasoned lamb chops.  Drink it now and for the next 15 years (Tasted: January 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
 
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OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 34 years in business in San Antonio

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

IT'S HOT!FABULOUS PROVENCE Rose/GWC FAVORITE WHITE BORDEAUX-Ch.Boisson and WHITE BURGUNDY-Matrot-to BEAT THE HEAT!

Perfect to beat the INSANE HEAT 106 today!!! ONE FRENCH-PROVENCE ROSE, ONE FRENCH WHITE BORDEAUX, ONE FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY, ALL THREE GORGEOUS, DRY, CRISP AND CLEAN TO BEAT THE HEAT, it's even TOO HOT for the snakes!
 
WINE#1)
Enjoy Summer, JUST RELEASED, their NEW and SPECTACULAR 2017 vintage:
 
2017 FABRE DE PROVENCE-Rose, this IS the BEST ROSE under $15 that we have tasted in a LONG TIME and the label/bottle is cool/unique too  we ALWAYS keep not just ONE-but TWO bottles in the fridge by the pool on Sundays...SEE PICS BY OUR POOL, WE DO PRACTICE WHAT WE "PREACH" at Chateau RESSEL---so dry, crisp, clean and SUPER refreshing, yum!

 

 The Grape Wine Company Sale Price $14.95

Fabre en Provence, Didier Mauduet, expert wine maker.

 

 

 

 

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Didier Mauduet.

No pesticides.
No irrigation.
Most parcels are hand-harvested.

 

 

 

Fabre en Provence was created in 1920 by Henri Fabre Sr. in the village of Besse sur Issole. At that time the company was already selling wine from Provence and the best of France,

hand selected from our ancestor. He quickly became the largest producer in the South of France. After the acquisition of Château de la Clapière in 1928 and Château de L'Aumérade in

1932, Henri Fabre Senior devoted himself exclusively to his wineries.

He was one of the first to own a bottling line and working for the recognition of Côtes de Provence. His son Louis Fabre joined him in the 50's and helped develop the business in

France and abroad. While Maison Fabre had been put on standby, Louis Fabre and Henri Fabre Junior decided to revive the company by modernizing the distribution channel, and

focusing on providing service and quality to their customers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wine Maker Notes:  

 Pale pink. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, redcurrant and white pepper show very good clarity and energy. Concentrated flavors of a Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache-SAME GRAPES AS CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE-, with a nervy acid structure providing  weight,shape and lift. Finishes taut and minerality, with an echo of red berries.  TRULY A RED WINE DRINKER'S ROSE!

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  WINE#2)

 

STAY COOL WITH DRY, CRISP AND CLEAN : 16 CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE

2016 CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX $14.95/BTL.!

 

PERFECT FOR THOSE BURNING 100+ DEGREE DAYS WITH NO END IN SIGHT!

 
Classic French white Bordeaux: CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX 2016 $14.95 Boisson means drink in French. Also proudly received a SILVER NEDAL at the LYON-FRANCE-international wine competition, a big deal since Lyon is the third largest city in France and many-MANY-European wineries compete there for a medal (which is on the label of CH. BOISSON).
 
                                                              80% Sauvignon Blanc 10% Semillon 10%Muscadelle

WOW - $14.95/BTL.!!!!

At Grape Wine Company we are always on the lookout for an exceptional White Bordeaux and we have found another one yet again and again and it keeps getting sold out each time -IMMEDIATELY- as soon as it "lands" here, OFTEN we go for many months without having it in the warehouse. 

From the southern region of Bordeaux where the clay-limestone soil is ideal to produce world renowned Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is a well-rounded wine with delightful volume, richness and yet is still crisp and super clean. There are pleasant notes of white daisies on the nose with the presence of lime and grapefruit on the palate. There is a hint of smokiness on the finish due to the Semillon. It is a delightful classy drink for both light meals and casual sipping.. perfect for parties too, WE ALWAYS KEEP TWO BOTTLES, NOT JUST ONE, IN THE FRIDGE BY THE POOL , FOR REAL, just like the Provence rose!

 

A favorite at Chateau Ressel with cold refreshing ceviche or salade nicoise or shrimp cocktail! Basically a VERY DANGEROUS wine!

 
Sante!
 

 

 

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WINE#3)

 

 

 

One MORE  French temptation , THIS IS THE NEWLY RELEASED 2016 (Excellent vintage BUT tiny crop:
 
The "FRENCH CONNECTION" :  A chance to experience a high end white Burgundy  without spending  A LOT OF $:
 
A CLASSIC FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY from the big YET refined CLASSIC 2016 vintage, and it sure IS PLENTY HOT in San Antonio for CHILLED WHITES, 106 degrees today! :
 
2016 MATROT BOURGOGNE BLANC $23.95/BTL.
 
Another GORGEOUS high QUALITY white burgundy ( 100% chardonnay ) from the very famous/reputable MATROT "house" in Meursault in the Cotes d' Or (=golden hills)...
 
Basically VIZUALIZE a "DECLASSIFIED MEURSAULT" from the MATROT FAMILY, THE CHAMPIONS OF MEURSAULT!!!
 A true RED WINE DRINKER'S WHITE WINE!!!
 
MATROT:"LA NOBLESSE DU TERROIR"
 
" ...deliciously rich, fresh, lemony, floral, elegant fruit, crisp, fine and lovely white..."
 
Expect a beautiful complex aromatic nose of almond and hazelnuts with a touch of honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied  with satiny texture, this wine is rich, packed with spiced pears and tangy minerals. Its long, supple finish displays additional layers of sweet ripe apples, butter and a hint of oak. Drink 2018-2028
 
10 cases left at $23.95/btl...AMAZING PRICE FOR THIS  GREAT WHITE, CLASSY BOTTLE AND LABEL TOO.

Winemaker Notes

A refined, fruity yet dry, crisp round wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to charcuterie, chicken and grilled fish. Delicious with creamy cheeses A great wine to enjoy with friends.
 


              

 

 

On sale for a special price  $23.95 a bottle. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com or oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a case of each three special French wine

 

Sante!





Monday, June 25, 2018

BEST BUY for the ALL AMERICAN CAB, 92, 91and 90 points DRY CREEK CAB 2015, a lot of cab for the money

Enjoy the week, stay COOL!
 
BEST BUY FOR ALL AMERICAN CAB, JUST ON TIME FOR THE ALL AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN A FEW DAYS:
 
ALWAYS A GREAT BUY AND A GRAPE WINE COMPANY FAVORITE FOR OVER 30 YEARS! LOOK AT THE PIC OF THE BEAUTIFUL CLASSIC SHAMROCK SAILBOAT THEY GAVE US TO KEEP IN THE OFFICE
 
DRY CREEK VINEYARD, ALL FAMILY-OWNED SINCE 1972
 
GORGEOUS LABEL TOO-see pdf-PERFECT FOR PARTIES!
 
2015 DRY CREEK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON-DRY CREEK VALLEY-only $22.95/BTL!
92 POINTS
91 POINTS
90 POINTS
EDITOR'S CHOICE WINE ENTHUSIAST
WINE SPECTATOR: "Dry Creek Vineyards, the smart way to buy high quality California wines"  
 
 
 

Winemaker Notes

This impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon displays lively aromatics of black cherry, black currant and plum. Additional airing reveals nuances of leather and toasted almonds. The palate is full-bodied and rich with elegant flavors of black raspberries and cocoa powder. The wine is fruit-forward and youthful, with moderate tannins and a finish of white pepper. This Cabernet is very characteristic of a Dry Creek Valley Bordeaux. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir beautifully.

Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A beautiful and elegant wine, the polished 2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers gorgeous aromas and flavors of bright red currants, attractive dried herbs, and a dusting of sweet, earthy notes. The wine's soft tannins pair it perfectly with lightly-spiced roast chicken. (Tasted: December 21, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
 
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Smoky, toasted oak underlies rounded layers of blueberry, black cherry and plum, leaving the palate rich and pleasing.
Editors' Choice
 
 
And ALL THIS for UNDER $23? Buy a case to drink now and a second case for rainy days.
 
 
 
 
Cheers!
 
PS:14 CASES LEFT AT THAT GREAT PRICE! 
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 34 years in business in San Antonio

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beat the HEAT:gorgeous MATROT BOURGOGNE BLANC white burgundy "Baby Meursault"/12 CS avail/

 
One MORE  French temptation , THIS IS THE NEWLY RELEASED 2016 (Excellent vintage BUT tiny crop:
 
The "FRENCH CONNECTION" :  A chance to experience a high end white Burgundy  without spending  A LOT OF $:
 
A CLASSIC FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY from refined CLASSIC 2016 vintage, and it sure IS  PLENTY HOT in San Antonio for CHILLED WHITES, 98 degrees today, over 100 degrees everyday ALL NEXT WEEK! :
 
2016 MATROT BOURGOGNE BLANC $23.95/BTL.
 
Another GORGEOUS high QUALITY white burgundy ( 100% chardonnay ) from the very famous/reputable MATROT "house" in Meursault in the Cotes d' Or (=golden hills)...
 
Basically VIZUALIZE a "DECLASSIFIED MEURSAULT" from the MATROT FAMILY, THE CHAMPIONS OF MEURSAULT!!!
IT EVEN SAYS MEURSAULT ON THE CASE
 
 A true RED WINE DRINKER'S WHITE WINE!!!
PERFECT WITH TROUT EN SAUCE MEUNIERE
 
MATROT:"LA NOBLESSE DU TERROIR"
 
" ...deliciously rich, fresh, lemony, floral, elegant fruit, crisp, fine and lovely white..."
 
Expect a beautiful complex aromatic nose of almond and hazelnuts with a touch of honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied  with satiny texture, this wine is rich, packed with spiced pears and tangy minerals. Its long, supple finish displays additional layers of sweet ripe apples, butter and a hint of oak. Drink 2017-2025
 
4 cases left at $23.95/btl...AMAZING PRICE FOR THIS  GREAT WHITE, CLASSY BOTTLE AND LABEL TOO.

Winemaker Notes

A refined, fruity yet dry, crisp round wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to charcuterie, chicken and grilled fish. Delicious with creamy cheeses A great wine to enjoy with friends.
 
 
 
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Oliver-Pierre Ressel
Monica Ressel
Grape Wine Co.
210-828-2222 PH.
210-828-2012 FAX
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Get AHEAD of the CURVE, FABULOUS-still somewhat unknown SUPER CAB/2015 Teeter Totter Cabernet Sauvignon, double 93 points

 
 
 
 
4 CASES LEFT NOW....ONLY $52.95/ BTL FOR A TOP NAPA CAB from a TOP SUPERSTAR WINEMAKER
 

This IS ONE SUPERSTAR NAPA CAB made by a SUPERSTAR WINEMAKER you do NOT want to miss out on BEFORE IT GETS DISCOVERED and EXPENSIVE! We are BEYOND impressed with this new SHINING STAR...15 cases available in SA...

Unquestionably a rising superstar in California, Frenchman Benoit Touquette makes a bevy of wines from throughout Napa Valley, all of which show impeccable winemaking and balanced-hence the funny label-see PIC attached- layered profiles.

HINT, HINT: IF YOU LIKE FAUST CAB and QUINTESSA CAB MERITAGE, you WILL LOVE TEETER-TOTTER CAB!

Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, and Kata, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main (which translates to "hand-made").

This report looks at his latest releases from Fait-Main, Teeter-Totter, Familiar Air, Jack Quinn, Hartwell and Kata.

2015 TEETER-TOTTER NAPA CAB $52.95/BTL.  

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 vintage is powerful and well-balanced boasting with fresh aromatics. Pops of blackberry, raspberry, and vanilla grab you first followed by subtler notes of thyme, violet and lavender. The smaller percentages of Bordeaux varietals create a juicy palate filled with impeccably balanced tannins. The well-structures fruit laden finish keep you coming back for more.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, %5 Syrah, 5% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc

Critical Acclaim

JD93
Jeb Dunnuck
Made with the idea of an approachable, yet high-quality Napa Cabernet, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Benoit Touquette delivers the goods. Possessing a big, sexy nose of ripe currants, cassis, scorched earth and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, impeccable balance, and a hedonistic, undeniably delicious style. It will keep for a decade
RP
93/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Something of a smorgasbord blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up loads of incense, spice box and dried flowers notions over a crème de cassis, cherry pie and fruitcake core. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush, rich and bursting with spicy black and red fruit flavors, going pleasantly savory on the finish.

Benoit Touquette :

I grew up in Lyon thinking I would become a fighter pilot or an engineer. I never considered wine until I was in Bordeaux working mobile bottling lines to pay for graduate school. The infectious passion of the winemakers I met, showing up day after day with the same fire in their eyes, blew me away. I switched my focus to oenology and completed two degrees, then left France to intern with Andy Erickson and explore uncharted possibilities in Napa Valley. I worked hard, learned from everyone, and pushed myself to deliver the kind of winemaking I believe in. I've never missed a picking day, and I'll spend as much time as it takes to get the wines right. I started Fait-Main because I fell in love with a vineyard… and then another, and another. Shauna saves me from myself.




OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 34 years in business in San Antonio
 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

something different/St Cosme Saint Joseph Rhone 2015/2 Cases in Austin/24 Bottles AND WE GOT THEM BOTH! Triple 93 ratings

 
 
This is the first region in GAULLE=FRANCE  where the Roman soldiers first brought and planted vines OVER 2000 years ago, back then the Gauls (= French tribes, basically barbarians back then) only drank what was called then cervoise=BEER! Cool/true historical trivia!

2015 Chateau de Saint Cosme St. Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) $59/BTL...A MUST HAVE RARE BIRD! Only $59/btl.  17 bottles available NOW and that WILL BE IT!, ie one case and FIVE LOOSE bottles left....

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  Another terrific Northern Rhône from Louis is the 2015 Saint Joseph, which comes all from granite terroirs and was aged in barrel. Plums, cassis, black raspberry and graphite characteristics emerge from this rich, full-bodied, impressively concentrated red that has present, yet sweet tannin. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade.   (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

  Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, violet and woodsmoke, plus a hint of cola that emerges with aeration. Sweet, densely packed and full-bodied, offering ripe cassis, blackberry, violet pastille and licorice flavors given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the impressively long finish, which features chewy tannins and a sexy floral nuance. (JR)   (4/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

  A dynamic St-Joseph from Louis Barruol, this wine is powered by the mouthwatering pucker of sour cherries and pomegranate and a deep growl of tannins. Light and dark, lush and strict, the components keep the wine in a constant, enticing state of tension, notes of underbrush, spice and herbs adding detail. Made from sérine, an old variant of syrah, with 30 percent whole clusters, this is a serious St-Joseph, to drink now or hold another decade.   (2/2018)

92 points James Suckling

  Impressive spicy red and black berry fruits, with smoky and gently meaty nuances, too.This has a fluid, smoothly rendered palate that is saturated in flavor. Drink now.   (9/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

  Shows a bright savory note, along with pepper and green olive hints amid the core of gently steeped raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Keeps an herbaceous edge through the finish, along with lightly chalky tannins. A touch old-school and built on acidity. Put this in the cellar. Best from 2019 through 2030.  (11/2017)​



 

Château de Saint Cosme - St. Joseph 2015 - Wine Spectator - 92
"Shows a bright savory note, along with pepper and green olive hints amid the core of gently steeped raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Keeps an herbaceous edge through the finish, along with lightly chalky tannins. A touch oldschool and built on acidity. Put this in the cellar. Best from 2019 through 2030." -- 11/15/2017



Château de Saint Cosme is a leading estate of the Rhone and produces the benchmark wines of several appellations. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010.

The estate lies in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain. In addition to the estate-grown wines labeled "Château de Saint Cosme," Louis Barruol buys grapes from contracted growers, labeling these "négociant" wines simply as "Saint Cosme."

Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph is produced from 100% Sérine, an ancient and local variety of Syrah that is markedly different from modern selections. It is more oval, with lots of space in the bunch, resulting in a very aromatic wine. It is sourced from the climat Malleval in the northern part of the appellation near Condrieu. The wine is made from 70% destemmed with 30% whole clusters, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged in 20% new 228-liter barrels.

Tasting Notes

Louis Barruol describes the microclimate of the vineyard Malleval as "very cold" which allows the grapes to retain acidity and showcase the floral aromas of the local Sérine variety. Aromas and flavors of blackberries and wild strawberries are accented by notes of peppercorns, tobacco, peonies, and violets.

Food Pairing---------------MEAT, MEAT and...MEAT, see pics below...

Syrah, with its very deep flavors and firm yet smooth tannins, is a natural match for grilled or smoked meat and dishes featuring herbs, roasted mushrooms, and onions. Seared venison or beef with black pepper and thyme or a Moroccan tagine of pigeon or chicken are complimented by the spicy characteristic of Syrah.  But...in South Texas, a good ol' brisket will do the trick with this FABULOUS RHONE RED!



OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL

MONICA RESSEL

GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 34 years in business in San Antonio



 
ENTRECOTE/FRITES
STEAK TARTARE AND BAGUETTE 
ST COSME ST JOSEPH -RHONE-WITH MEAT...MEAT...and MEAT!
 
 



Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2015

Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
  • RP93
  • W&S93
  • JS92

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 offers something well above the norm – extraordinary density, mellowness, substantial length and a kind of reticence that bodes extremely well for future aromatics. Laden with fruit, youthfulness and organic components, it makes you wonder what the future holds. Peony, wild blueberry, liquorice and tobacco.

Blend: 100% Serine (an ancient form of Syrah).

Critical Acclaim

RP93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another terrific Northern Rhone from Louis is the 2015 Saint Joseph, which comes all from granite terroirs and was aged in barrel. Plums, cassis, black raspberry and graphite characteristics emerge from this rich, full-bodied, impressively concentrated red that has present, yet sweet tannin. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade.
Range: (91-93)
W&S93
Wine & Spirits
A dynamic St-Joseph from Louis Barruol, this wine is powered by the mouthwatering pucker of sour cherries and pomegranate and a deep growl of tannins. Light and dark, lush and strict, the components keep the wine in a constant, enticing state of tension, notes of underbrush, spice and herbs adding detail. Made from Sérine, an old variant of Syrah, with 30 percent whole clusters, this is a serious St-Joseph.
JS92
James Suckling
Impressive spicy red and black berry fruits, with smoky and gently meaty nuances, too.This has a fluid, smoothly rendered palate that is saturated in flavor.








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