2019/20 Cotes du Rhone, Chateau de Saint Cosme, S Rhone, France
" this 100% Syrah is a perennial bargain—and this could be its best vintage to date. Aromas of violets, cracked pepper, cassis and blueberries leap from the glass, while the medium to full-bodied palate is ripe but silky, leading into a long, mouthwatering finish. A blend of fruit from the Gard (the right bank of the Rhône) and Vinsobres (the left bank, about 400 meters above sea level), it retains a sense of freshness not often found in Syrahs from the Southern Rhône." Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate - Drink 2020-25.
Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1490. Louis Barruol took over in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010.