2015 Chateau de Saint Cosme St. Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival) $59/BTL...A MUST HAVE RARE BIRD! Only $59/btl. 17 bottles available NOW, ie one case and FIVE LOOSE bottles....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.
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.
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!
ST COSME ST JOSEPH -RHONE-WITH MEAT...MEAT...and MEAT!
Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2015