CHÂTEAU DE SAINT COSME, Gigondas
Louis Barroul’s family has owned this estate since 1570, but there’s an 11th century chapel in the middle of the vineyard. Vines were planted here by 1416 at the latest. Today, there are 15 ha of vineyards in three distinct parcels around the chateau. Average vine age is 60 years. Two of these parcels, ‘Le Claux’ and ‘Hominis Fides’, were planted prior to 1902.
Four ‘cru’ Gigondas, an estate Gigondas & Côtes du Rhône, and a ‘cru’ White are produced. The Dentelles de Montmirail makes this geologically complex — Saint Cosme is located at the crossing of two geological faults, which is very rare — and gives an extraordinary diversity of soils to the terroir. The microclimate is cool and late ripening, helping define Gigondas with the ability to be powerful and refined at the same time. Château de St. Cosme captures the extraordinary potential of the terroir combined with the remarkable character of these old vines. Organic viticulture respects the ancient traditions of the estate.
Louis also crafts a selection of ‘negociant-vigneron’ wines (labeled as ‘Saint Cosme’, without ‘Chateau’) from a selection of great terroir in both Northern & Southern Rhône. He works with the spirit of a vigneron using ancient traditions: remaining a small producer, collaborating with winemakers who share his philosophy, transporting the wines in casks to avoid racking them and killing their fruit, preserving the purity and personality of these unique wines.
Throughout the range, these are remarkable, balanced, age-worthy wines.