100% Serine (ancient syrah). Granitic sloapes
Agedfor twelve months: 20% in new oak – 40% in one year old barrels – 40% in two years old barrels. The grapes ripe very well here and in any case quicker than in the extreme northern rhone. After a vintage 2009 which had been marked by some heat and concentrated wines, we come back with 2010 to a more classical profile of CrozesHermitage.
Made with the best sloapes of Gervans and Erôme, it is one of the rare «100% sloape Crozes-Hermitage». The micro-climate here combines perfectly ripening and the required freshness to obtain relief. The wine is long in the mouth, large as well, with significant relief developing till the end of the tasting. This is surprising: depending on the vintages, it takes characteristics from the south or from the north; the region of Hermitage is at the end of the two Rhones, being in the middle at the same time!.. When it ages, the Crozes Hermitage gains in density, loses its sharpness and develops soft aromas. Made with four
different lieux-dits, the harvest has been destemmed and fermented for two weeks. The ageing was done without any racking.
Bottled without filtration.
Chemenee soot, blackberry, black pepper.
In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how our ancesters the gallo-romans were living. The property has been in our family since 1490 and we have been vignerons for 14 generations.
We have 15 has of old vines (average 60 years old) with a yield of around 27Hos/Ha. The terroir is apparently homogeneous but it’s actually geologically very diverse as the Dentelles de Montmirail makes it very complicated. Saint Cosme is exceptionally located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare. This gives us an
extraordinary diversity of soils. Our microclimate is cool and late ripening. Our Gigondas have the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time. The Saint Cosme’s Chapel, located in the heart of our vineyard is a pure example of roman art. It was built at the XI and XII century. Purity, balance and beauty: the Chapel is a witness of the medieval times and it gives an intense and special atmosphere to our vineyard. Everyone should take five minutes to climb the little hill and visit it.
Our dedication to Saint Cosme is total. We want to express at their best the extraordinary potential of the terroirs combinated with the old vines. The ancient know-how, the organic viticulture and the understanding of the terroirs are part of our strong ideas.
It was with the "savoir-faire" of a vigneron we created in 1997 a negociant activity that one could call a "Negociant-Vigneron". During my various travels and tastings in the Rhône Valley, I often thought that many great terroirs were under-exploited. I really liked some locations and I wanted to try. My wish was to become a negociant which would work with the spirit of a vigneron using ancient methods. This was meaning: being and remaining a small producer, be followed by winemakers having the same ambition, transport my wines in casks to avoid to rack them and kill their fruit, trying to do only nice things every day.
At Saint Cosme we usually work "à la main”. I want to make wines which express their terroir with purity and personality. I want to make balanced wines with a great ability to age.