Gigondas, Rhone, France
Chateau Saint Cosme vineyard was owned by the Barruol family since 1570 with winemaking in the estate dating further back to the Gallo-Roman period (200BC). In 1992, Louis Barruol took over the 15 hectare vineyard from his father. He is the heir to a fourteen-generation family tradition of winemaking.
Gifted with a geographical fault running through its estate, the soil of Chateau St Cosme soil is both rich in minerals and diverse. The micro-climate is cool and promotes late ripening. The principle grape varietal is Grenache which is dense and ripe with great finesse, fine texture, smooth tannins and a distinct purity of expression. In keeping with the philosophy of clean viticulture, they do not use any pesticides nor a single chemical product.
With 15 has of old vines (average 60 years old) with a yield of around 27Hos/Ha, they have intentional decided to be a small producer so that they can produce the highest quality wine. Great care is taken in the manual selection of ripe grapes with no artificial yeasts added in the fermentation process.
In 1997, Louis had the passion to be a negociant focusing on the Rhone Valley. Louis created a negociant line of wines, called simply St Cosme : Côte Rotie, Condrieu, Châteauneuf du Pape, St Joseph, Côtes du Rhône red and white and Little James red and white. All of these wines are of exceptional quality and are frequently given raving reviews.