Château de Saint-Cosme
Gigondas, Southern Rhône Valley
The Château de Saint-Cosme is one of a scant few wineries with roots dating back to the middle ages. Nestled in the shadows of Gigondas’s jagged limestone cliffs, the estate was inherited by the Barruol family in 1570 and remains in the family to this day.
Once early adopters of organic farming, under the leadership of Louis Barruol the estate is now certified biodynamic. Mr. Barruol’s winemaking stresses nonintervention, preferring wild-yeast fermentation, the use of whole-cluster bunches to balance richness, and aging in neutral oak barrels.
Château de Saint-Cosme sets a high bar for traditional Rhône wines, making highly structured-yet balanced wines, often characterized by an exotic and complex character.