Chateau de Saint Cosme, Gigondas 1999
less than 0.5cm
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Chateau de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the appellation’s benchmark wines. Wine has been produced on the site of Saint Cosme since Roman times, evident by the ancient Gallo-Roman vats carved into the limestone below the chateau. The property has been in the hands of Louis Barruol’s family since 1570. Henri and Claude Barruol took over in 1957 and gradually moved Saint Cosme away from the bulk wine business. Henri was one of the first in the region to work organically beginning in the 1970s. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992, making a dramatic shift to quality, adding a négociant arm to the business in 1997, and converting to biodynamics in 2010.
Similar, yet with a tad more structure and cut, the 1999 Gigondas (70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the balance Cinsault) offers rocking dark fruits, ground herbs, underbrush and assorted meatiness to go with a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured feel on the palate. While both the 1999 and the 2000 are fully mature, the 1999 will have a longer evolution. (8/2014)